Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested Thursday by the Georgia State Bureau of Investigation.
Both have been charged with murder and aggravated assault, investigators said in a statement.
After posting these images on social networks, the local FBI was seized and arrested yesterday Gregory McMichael and his son Travis. The boss of the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) says he is extremely shocked by his images and confirms that the investigation will continue pic.twitter.com/6c1PE8dI4g
- Gregory Philipps (@gregphil) May 8, 2020
Those close to Arbery celebrated the news, but also expressed frustration at the long wait.
"It should have happened the day it happened," said Akeem Baker, one of Arbery's close friends in Brunswick. “There is no way without the video that this would have happened. I'm just glad the light is shining very brightly on this situation. "
Gregory McMichael, 64, previously told police he and his son sued Arbery on suspicion of being a burglar. Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, said she believed her son, a former football player, was just jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood before being killed on a Sunday afternoon.
Friday would have been Arbery's 26th birthday.