Special Prosecutor Appointed in Ahmaud Arbery Case


Crystal Greer / communications@naacpga.org

BRUNSWICK, GA (May 11, 2020) Attorney General Chris Carr has named Joyette Holmes, District Attorney of Cobb County, special prosecutor in the case of Ahmaud Arbery. While we are hopeful that DA Holmes will exercise due care in the handling of this case, we will continue to monitor proceedings and advocate for fairness in every phase of litigation—from jury selection to sentencing.

While we wait for courts to reopen, we reiterate our demands that Jackie Johnson and George Barnhill immediately resign from their seats as elected District Attorneys because of their prosecutorial misconduct and breaches of their oaths of office. We also call on the Attorney General to conduct a thorough review of any patterns of misconduct and discrimination that might exist in either attorney’s record.

“We have now seen the fourth prosecutor appointed in this case. Though there is much national attention being drawn to the prosecution of the McMichaels, we remain committed to the local organizing and advocacy work needed to bring closure to this family and strengthen this community moving forward,” says Rev. James Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP.


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of branches throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocates for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at naacpga.org.

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