The three men charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, 25, pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Chatham County Superior Court.
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, allegedly shot and killed Arbery while he was jogging outside of Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23.
The father and son told local police they chased Arbery down in their pickup truck because they thought he was a burglary suspect. They claimed they acted in self-defense when the confrontation escalated.
Authorities say William Bryan helped box Arbery in with his own vehicle and filmed the entire incident on his cellphone. Bryan claims he was only a witness.
Judge Timothy Walmsley accepted the men's not guilty pleas and denied bond for Bryan, saying he was a potential flight risk.