Wanda Cooper Jones Ahmad Arbery Mother
Wanda Cooper Jones Ahmad Arbery Mother
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Ahmaud Arbery's Mother Believes Travis & Gregory McMichael, Son's Killers Should Receive Death Penalty

In an interview with TMZ, Wanda Cooper-Jones shared her son's killers should lose their lives.

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother is speaking out about his death in Georgia, according to a report she said she would like prosecutors to seek death penalty sentences for Travis and Gregory McMichael. 

In a new TMZ report, Wanda Cooper-Jones said since her son was killed, the men who took his life deserve to lose their lives. During an interview, when asked if capital punishment meant sense for the case, she replied, “Coming from my point of view, my son died, so they should die as well.”

Several circumstances in the case might allow the prosecutor to seek the death penalty, reports TMZ. A provision of Georgia law notes 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.”

Additionally, Cooper-Jones shared she’d already had a conversation with Joyette Holmes, a newly assigned district attorney. During the interview, she added Holmes formally introduced herself and gave her assurances that her family would get justice for Ahmad. She didn’t share any further information on the conversation.

On Thursday, May 7, Travis and Gregory McMichael were arrested and charged for the murder of Arbery. He reportedly died from two shotgun wounds and was also shot a third time. The Glynn County Coroner conducted the autopsy on February 24, the day following his death, and their findings included that he, in fact, did die from two close-range shotgun hits in his chest. 

The autopsy also shared the victim had a graze wound on his right wrist. In the video featuring the violent incident, three shots were fired, the autopsy confirms this. Ahmaud’s manner of death was described as a “homicide.” 

Take a look at the TMZ interview below.