A Georgia prosecutor revealed on Friday that one of the suspects in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, called his former boss, the local District Attorney, from the crime scene in what is characterized as an attempt to “influence and obstruct the investigation.”
According to CNN, the prosecutor played a voicemail that Gregory McMichael, a former investigator for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney‘s Office, left for his former boss, Jackie Johnson, shortly after Arbery was killed February 23.
“Jackie, this is Greg,” the elder McMichael is heard saying in the voicemail. “Could you call me as soon as you possibly can? My (inaudible) and I been involved in a shooting and I need some advice right away. Could you please call me, as soon as you possibly can? Thanks. Bye.”
Prosecutor Jesse Evans said that the phone call is evidence Gregory McMichael purposefully intended to use his law enforcement connections to influence the case from the beginning.
“This evidence shows from day one there was an attempt by these defendants to influence and obstruct the investigation of this case,” Evans said.
A judge denied bond for Gregory and Travis McMichael, the father and son duo charged with murder in Arbery’s death, following a two-day hearing in Glynn County court in south Georgia.