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Judge rejects plea deal for man who killed Ahmaud Arbery

Ahmaud Arbery Hate Crimes
Posted at 1:15 PM, Jan 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-31 16:15:57-05

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a plea agreement that would have averted a hate crimes trial for the man convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery.

Arbery’s parents had denounced the proposed deal for Travis McMichael, and the judge proceeded with plans to summon potential jurors next week. Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, asked the judge to reject the deal and described the U.S. Justice Department’s decision to propose it as “disrespectful.”

Proposed plea agreements for father and son Greg and Travis McMichael were filed with the court late Sunday.