William “Roddy” Bryan was found guilty of three counts of felony and other charges.
Kevin Gough, defense attorney for one of the men convicted on Wednesday for the murder of Ahmed Arbery, told Granthshala News he plans to file a motion for a new trial next week for his client, William “Roddy” Bryan. making plans.
Brian was found guilty by a jury in Glynn County, Georgia on six of the nine counts he was facing: three counts of felony, one count of felony assault, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of criminal attempt. a felony.
He joins father and son Travis and Georgia McMichael in pursuing Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, after he was seen running in the neighborhood in February 2020.
Brian drove into his own pickup truck and recorded video on a cell phone of the fatal encounter, which showed Travis McMichael shooting and hitting Arbery with a shotgun as he threw punches and tried to grab the gun.
Defense lawyers argued at trial that the three men were trying to detain Arbery because they thought he was a thief, but prosecutors said there was no evidence that Arbery had committed a crime.
Travis McMichael was found guilty of all nine charges, while Gregory McMichael was convicted of every count except malice.
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Kevin Gough was a controversial figure during the 13-day trial, filing several motions for a wrongful trial that were dismissed by Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley.
He told the judge on November 11 that he did not want “another black pastor” in the courtroom after Al Sharpton sat down with Arbery’s family, saying his presence could threaten his client’s right to a fair trial. Is.
“Obviously they can only have so many pastors,” Gough told the judge. “And if their pastor Al Sharpton is fine now, but then that’s it.”
Gough tried to frame his client as a witness to be pursued at trial, asking principal investigator Richard Dial whether Brian’s video of the shooting was “consistent with someone who was a witness” rather than a participant.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Dial replied, “He was not a witness.” “It would be consistent that he was still following Mr Arbery, trying to keep him between two different vehicles.”
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Gough asked for his client’s case late in the trial and a separate attempt, but the defense pushed back the attempt and was not granted.
nema rehmani, a former federal prosecutor and president of the West Coast Trial Lawyers, said any motion for a new trial is likely to fail, but the argument that Bryan’s case should have been separated from the McMichaels’ was his best shot. It is possible.
“They’re going to file their appeal, criminal defendants always do, but it was a pretty clean case in my book,” Rahmani told Granthshala News Digital.
“What you want as a criminal defense attorney, especially when you are representing a defendant who is arguably less guilty, and Brian was arguably less guilty, is to differentiate him from the other defendants, because it is arguably partisan. Travis McMichael, who pulled the trigger, or Gregory, who said, ‘I’m going to blow your f—— head,'” Rahmani said. “Severance is best.”
Bryan and the McMichaels are also facing federal hate crime charges in a separate case from the state murder charges they were indicted on Wednesday. Jury selection in the federal case is due to begin in February.
Rahmani said, “As far as the next step, obviously there are federal hate crime charges. Even if you succeed on the appeal, good luck, you are now working with the Fed and the US Attorney’s Office and the DOJ.” are,” Rahmani said. “It’s a whole other problem for them.”
Granthshala News’ Claudia Kelly-Bajan contributed to this report, as well as the Associated Press.