The Department of Justice said Monday it will consider a request by Georgia’s attorney general to review the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery and assess whether federal hate crime charges should be pursued in the high-profile case.

The federal government’s further involvement would underscore a larger demand by Arbery’s family and civil rights groups for another law enforcement agency to closely examine the handling of the case since Arbery was killed on Feb. 23. Also on Monday, the state’s top prosecutor, Chris Carr, appointed a new district attorney — the fourth since Arbery’s death — to take over the case.

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