BRUNSWICK, Georgia – A jury has found three white Georgia men guilty of murder and other counts in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery early last year.
Travis McMichael, who fired the shots, was convicted of all nine counts, including malicious murder and four counts of criminal murder.
Her father, Gregory McMichael, was found not guilty of murder with meanness, but guilty of felony murder and all other charges.
Their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, who recorded the video of the murder, was convicted of three counts of murder, one count of aggravated assault, forcible confinement and criminal attempt to commit a felony. . He was not convicted of malicious murder, one count of murder and one count of aggravated assault.
In the courtroom, Reverend Al Sharpton held the hands of Arbery’s parents, Marcus Arbery and Wanda Cooper-Jones, as jurors entered the courtroom. Cooper-Jones delivered a silent prayer as the judge prepared to read the verdict.
Cheers erupted as the verdicts were read, and people cried and hugged. The deputies call to order. Travis McMichael said “I love you” to his mother, who was crying.
In the hallway outside the courtroom, Wanda Cooper-Jones sobbed. “We finally got justice,” she said as her supporters hugged her.
To summarize:Here are the key moments in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial
The men were charged with murder and other crimes in the fatal shooting on February 23, 2020. The men were arrested two months later after Bryan’s cellphone video of the incident sparked outrage. at national scale.
Prosecutors argued that Arbery was “attacked” by white men who saw a black man run around their small coastal neighborhood and jumped into vans to pursue him. Arbery did not commit any crime and attempted to escape throughout the five-minute chase, they said.
Defense attorneys for the McMichaels painted a portrait of residents pissed off by crime in their neighborhood and said the father and son were trying to detain Arbery for police because they suspected he was a burglar. Bryan’s attorney said he was a witness who documented the murder.
Race has been at the heart of the trial from the start, with potential jurors being asked for their views on Black Lives Matter and the Confederate Flag and a defense attorney attempting to bar national civil rights figures like Reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson from the courtroom.
But the jury did not hear evidence that the murder was racially motivated in part because prosecutors did not need to prove that the defendants’ actions were racially motivated.
Meanwhile, the demographics of the jury have drawn attention as it does not reflect Glynn County, where more than 26% of residents are black. A black man was on the jury of 12, and even the judge recognized “intentional discrimination” in the selection process.
Who is on the jury?12 people will decide the fate of the men accused of the murder of Arbery