Wanda Cooper-Jones, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, has called for Travis and Gregory McMichael to be sentenced to death for killing her son.
Ahmaud was only 25 when he was shot to death by Travis McMichael, while out jogging near his Satilla Shores neighbourhood in Brunswick, Georgia.
Despite the shooting happening in February, the McMichaels have only now been arrested after a video of the incident leaked last week, sparking outrage across the United States, with several high profile personalities, including LeBron James and Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, demanding justice.
The McMichaels were arrested the day after the footage surfaced, having initially evaded prosecution, claiming they were attempting to make a citizen’s arrest because Ahmaud matched the description of a suspect linked to several recent robberies in the area.
Now, with Glynn County Police refusing to make any arrests, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case, charging Travis and Gregory with felony murder and aggravated assault.
And, having lost her son to the McMichaels, Arbery’s mother, Wanda, believes both men should also lose their lives at the hands of the state.
Speaking to TMZ, Cooper-Jones said, “Coming from my point of view, my son died, so they should die as well.”
Georgia law states that the death penalty can be sought if “the capital offense was outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible, or inhuman in that it involved torture, depravity of mind or an aggravated battery to the victim.”