Investigation into death of Ahmaud Arbery heats up

Questions grow about how the investigation was conducted from the start.
2:39 | 05/11/20

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Transcript for Investigation into death of Ahmaud Arbery heats up
Back here tonight, to the other major story we're following tonight. Investigators looking closely at surveillance video, appearing to show the final moments of ahmaud arbery, just before he was shot and killed by a father and son who said they were trying to make a citizen's arrest. Here's ABC's Zachary kiesch. Reporter: Tonight, law enforcement reviewing video appearing to show ahmaud arbery in the moments before he died. This surveillance footage obtained by ABC affiliate first coast news. A man enters this house under construction in the mostly white south Georgia neighborhood of satilla shores. Arbery's lawyers say they believe it's ahmaud. Video from inside the home obtained by local station WJXT shows the man in a white shirt and khaki shorts looking around. The first 911 call coming in around 1:08 P.M. There's a guy in the house right now. It's a house under construction. Reporter: Arbery's lawyers say he "Did not take anything," or "Cause any damage," adding, "Ahmaud's actions were in no way a felony under Georgia law." The homeowner, telling "The Washington post," "I've never had anything stolen from my property, or any kind of robbery." According to his lawyers, arbery's inside for under three minutes. The video seems to be sped up and slowed down in some places. Here, you can make out two men getting into a truck. They are presumed to be Gregory and Travis Mcmichael, now charged with arbery's murder. By 1:15 P.M., a second 911 call. There's a black male running down the street. Reporter: When detectives at arrived at the scene at 1:45 P.M., arbery was dead. The mcmichaels told police they thought arbery was this man, caught on these surveillance images from the construction site given to ABC news by a local lawyer. Since October, three other trespassing incidents were reported. The arberys say that man is not their son. And tonight, there are growing questions about how this investigation was handled from according to Glynn county officials, on the day of the shooting, the d.a.'s office advised police "No arrests were necessary." A second D.A. Then reviewing the evidence and video of the Within 24 hours of this homicide, he thought there was no probable cause for arrest. Reporter: Tom, both prosecutors later recused themselves from the case. Now, investigators say they're aware of this surveillance video and reviewed it before making any arrests, which happened two days after they took the case and 74 days after the shooting. Now, tonight, we're told that neither of the suspects, the mcmichaels, has hired counsel. Tom? Zachary, thank you.

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