Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory, who were arrested Thursday, appeared before a judge separately, via video link from Glynn County Jail.
Footage taped by WRDW.com, shows the son being led in first, then, several minutes later, his father. Each stood his turn before a whitewashed cinderblock wall and saw the judge on a screen.
Both wore handcuffs and orange jail scrubs during the brief proceeding, at which they were informed of their right to an attorney, to remain silent and to a speedy trial.
Each was then told of the murder and aggravated assault charges against them in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
No bail bond was set; neither was a next court date.
Also Friday, two county commissioners revealed that police at the scene of the Feb. 23 killing had found probable cause to arrest the McMichaels, but were told to stand down by the DA’s office.
The county DA, Jackie Johnson, is a friend of the elder McMichael, a former cop who worked for her as an investigator, and who once probed Arbery himself on a weapons charge.
“She shut them down,” County Commissioner Allen Booker told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of Johnson and the cops at the scene, “to protect her friend McMichael.”