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Now in its eighth season, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with host Bill Rankin to examine the case of Ahmaud Arbery. On Feb. 23, Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot three times as he jogged through the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside of coastal Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who took the now-familiar video of the incident, all face felony murder charges. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

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Now in its eighth season, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with host Bill Rankin to examine the case of Ahmaud Arbery. On Feb. 23, Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot three times as he jogged through the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside of coastal Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who took the now-familiar video of the incident, all face felony murder charges. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

    The Elephant in the Room

    The Elephant in the Room

    Prosecutors building a case against the three men accused in the death of Ahmaud Arbery have passed several motions regarding what evidence can be submitted in court.
    Meanwhile, the contention that gunman Travis McMichael uttered a racial epithet while standing over Arbery's body remains the most explosive element of the case. However, jurors may never hear about it.
    Join host Bill Rankin as he explores how issues raised now could shape the outcome of a trial.
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    • 36 min
    Father and Son

    Father and Son

    Since Ahmaud Arbery's death, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael have been condemned by many as racist vigilantes who targeted a Black man running down their street. Attorneys for the men claim that is far from true. Join host Bill Rankin as he explores the McMichaels' history prior to their fateful meeting with Ahmaud Arbery.

    Nothing could be further from the truth, lawyers for both Travis and Greg McMichael recently told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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    • 43 min
    S08, Ep3: How Georgia lets citizens arrest fellow citizens

    S08, Ep3: How Georgia lets citizens arrest fellow citizens

    An attorney for one of the three men accused of chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery in February says the group's actions are legally justifiable by a law dating back all the way to the 1860s. Meanwhile, Georgia's legislature is considering repealing the law because of the case. Join host Bill Rankin as he examines what Georgia's citizen's arrest law says and how it may impact the Arbery murder case.
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    • 41 min
    S08, Ep2: Preliminary Hearing

    S08, Ep2: Preliminary Hearing

    Protests in Atlanta attract national attention as a preliminary hearing in Brunswick begins. During the probable cause hearing, there is only one witness: the lead investigator on the case.
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    • 35 min
    S08, Ep1: The Ahmaud Arbery case

    S08, Ep1: The Ahmaud Arbery case

    A tragic shooting has thrust coastal Georgia onto the national scene. On Feb. 23, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was shot three times in a neighborhood near Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. The video of the shooting has now been seen by millions.
    In this special episode of Breakdown, hosts Bill Rankin and Greg Bluestein examine what is known about the case, and what’s to come. You’ll hear from officials down in Brunswick as well as former AJC managing editor, Bert Roughton, who lives in nearby St. Simons and has covered the case, as well as Brad Schrade, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has investigated police shootings for the AJC and has also covered the Arbery shooting.
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    • 46 min
    Bonus: The Imperfect Alibi

    Bonus: The Imperfect Alibi

    In this special episode of Breakdown, AJC reporter Joshua Sharpe decided to take a close look at a 35-year-old double murder case. An African-American couple was shot and killed inside Rising Daughter Baptist Church in Camden County, Ga. Dennis Perry was convicted of the killings and has been in prison for 20 years for them.
    What Sharpe found out is stunning. And we’re going to let him tell you about it, from beginning to end. In this episode, he reads his story, “The Imperfect Alibi: the forgotten suspect, the DNA and the church murders that haunted a detective.”
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    • 58 min

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5 stars

Phenomenal podcast

ktb224 ,

Best podcast since Serial

This podcast is fantastic. I just finished season 4. I was glad I was able to binge listen, it would have been hard to wait as the episodes were released in real time.

Each season tells a captivating story of injustice and sheds much needed light on the massive deficiencies in our judicial systems. My heart breaks the individuals who have fallen victim to these unscrupulous judges, prosecutors, cops, GBI agents, etc. I support and respect law enforcement but I am outraged and disgusted by many of the characters here. There not only needs to be some serious accountability for police, prosecutors and judges, but even just a little common sense would go a long way. It’s 2020. Season 4 was good, but it’s going to take me a minute to calm down.

Ninja Lesley ,

Was in a jury because of this podcast

There are many episodes and seasons of this podcast that really made me consider what it means to be judged by a jury of your peers and also what it really means to consider evidence and make judgements as a member of the jury. When I was called to be on a jury about a year ago, I kept thinking of the civic responsibility and what it really meant to participate. I didn’t try any of the tricks people sometimes do to try to get out of jury duty and ended up seated. After listening to so many seasons this podcast, I really felt that responsibility to fully engage in the process and understand the defendants future was really in our hands. In my case, the state did not prove it’s case and the defendant was found not guilty after only one round of voting. I just want to say thank you to those journalists at the AJC for presenting these fascinating cases that also give you a reason to consider your own responsibility in the world.

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