A Republican prosecutor in Georgia who led the investigation into the death of a black man shot while jogging near his home has lost her seat to an independent candidate.
District Attorney Jackie Johnson, who was seeking re-election to the Brunswick Judicial Circuit in the state, was defeated by Keith Higgins, who secured almost twice as many votes. No Democrat had qualified to run against Johnson.
Johnson – whose office initially handled the Ahmaud Arbery case – was criticised over a delay in arresting two suspects.
It was more than two months after the shooting that the two men were arrested, as was a neighbour who filmed it.
Johnson later said that no prosecutors in her office had told law enforcement not to carry out the arrests. She blamed local police for not deciding what to do.
The three men are being held awaiting trial.