Ahmaud Arbery trial verdict: All three suspects found guilty of murder

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Three white men at the trial for the murder of Ahmed Arbery have been found guilty of murder in the deadly pursuit of an unarmed Georgia jogger.

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Travis McMichael, 35, his father Gregory McMichael, 65; and their neighbor William “Roddy” Bryan, 52, were tried together in the shooting of 25-year-old Arbery, who they thought was fleeing a burglary, as he was at a mostly near Brunswick on February 23, 2020. White was running from the neighborhood.

The younger McMichael – who pulled the trigger – was indicted on the top charge of malice murder. When that verdict was read aloud, Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery, exclaimed “Woohoo!

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McMichael’s father, Gregory, was found guilty on eight other counts.

Neighbor Brian, who was involved in the fatal shooting chase and filmed video, was convicted of all charges except malice, felony with a firearm, and one count of aggravated assault.

Greg McMichael (left), Travis McMichael (center), and William “Roddy” Bryan are escorted in police cars outside the courthouse after being convicted of murder.
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Travis McMichael listens as he is found guilty in the murder of Ahmed Arbery.
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William Bryan looks down as the verdict is read out in court.
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Gregory McMichael, along with his son Travis, were convicted of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery.
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William "Roddy" Bryan stands next to his attorney, Kevin Gough, after the jury delivers its verdict
William “Roddy” Bryan stands next to his attorney, Kevin Gough, after the jury delivers its verdict.
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Greg McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, watch family members sitting in the gallery as they walk into the courtroom to read the jury's decision
Greg McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, watch family members sitting in the gallery as they walk into the courtroom to read the jury’s decision.
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Attorney Laura Hogg, right, hugs Greg McMichael's wife Leigh McMichael, center, and their daughter, Lindsay McMichael, when the jury's ruling was read out at the Glynn County Courthouse.
Attorney Laura Hogg, right, hugs Greg McMichael’s wife Leigh McMichael, center, and their daughter, Lindsay McMichael, when the jury’s verdict was read out at the Glynn County Courthouse.
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All three men face life in prison. It is up to the judge to grant him the possibility of parole or not.

After the verdict was read, Travis McMichael said “love you” to his mother, who was in the courtroom.

“I’m on the floor, with a capital ‘F’ on the floor,” said attorney Laura Hogg, who represented Gregory McMichael, after the three men were convicted.

Video footage shows the fatal encounter between Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael and Ahmaud Arbery in February 2021.
Video footage shows the fatal encounter between Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael and Ahmaud Arbery in February 2021.

Outside the courthouse, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, applauded the verdict.

“I had never seen this date in 2020. I never thought that this day would come. But God is good. Everybody, thank you,” Cooper-Jones said.

“He will now rest in peace,” she said.

Earlier in the courtroom, when the verdict was delivered, she sank into her chest as civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton held her hand.

Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing Arbery’s father, said the verdict served “some justice” to the Arbery family.

“Nothing will bring Ahmed back but his family will find some peace, knowing that those who killed him will remain behind bars and can never cast their evil on another innocent soul. While today is not one for celebration, it is one for reflection,” he said in a statement.

At a press conference with Sharpton and Arbery’s parents, Crump exclaimed, “Ahmaud’s spirit beat the crowd!”

“We conquered that lynch mob,” said Marcus Arbery. “I don’t want a dad to see his kid being shot. Today is a good day.”

Prosecutor Laura Danikoski thanked Arbery’s parents for their support during the proceedings.

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Ahmed Arbery’s mother was seen in court as the verdict was read.
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Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was shot and killed while jogging by Travis McMichael, his father, and their neighbor William "Roddy" Bryan.
Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed while jogging by Travis McMichael, his father, and their neighbor William “Roddy” Bryan.
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“We had a lot of people on the team who helped bring justice to Ahmaud and his family, and we really appreciate our support and the trust from Mr. Arbery and Ms. Wanda Cooper-Jones who have been with us. , and believed in us and trusted us,” Dunnikowski told reporters.

The goal of the Dunikoski prosecution was to provide the jury with facts and evidence so they could “do the right thing.”

“Because the jury system works in this country. And when you present the truth to people and they can see it, they will do the right thing,” she said. “And that’s what this jury did today, in bringing justice to Ahmaud Arbery.”

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Defendants are pictured reading out the verdict in Brunswick, Georgia.
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Outside the courthouse, Travis McMichael’s lawyers said he planned to appeal the guilty verdict.

“It’s a very difficult day for Travis McMichael and Greg McMichael,” defense attorney Jason Sheffield told reporters. “These are two men who sincerely believed that what they were doing was the right thing. However, a Glynn County jury has spoken out. They have been found guilty. They will be punished.”

The verdict comes after 10 days of testimony in which a mostly white jury panel was found to have widely viewed cellphone videos taken by Bryan during the shooting.

The defense argued that the three men were trying to make a lawful civilian arrest against Arbery, whom they believed was burglary in a local under-construction house, when Gregory helped him escape. Before looking around inside him.

The chief prosecutor, Dunnikowski, said the defendants “falsely assumed the worst” about Arbery and decided to attack him because he was “a black man running across the street.

A woman reacts outside the Glynn County Courthouse after a jury reached a guilty verdict on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
A woman reacts outside the Glynn County Courthouse after a jury reached a guilty verdict on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
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“They assumed that he must have committed a crime that day. He’s running too fast down the road, isn’t he?” he said in his closing arguments.

He argued that Abery did not even have his cellphone and that the men fatally shot him “not because he was a threat to them, but because he would stop and not talk to them.”

Lawyer Laura Hogg, who represented the elder McMichael in the racially charged case, said no one was saying that Arbery “deserved to die for what he was doing inside the unfinished home”.

But she said Arbery should have stopped “when Travis’s truck rolled over next to him, to wait for the police to tell him what he was doing there.

He said in his closing, “He died because for whatever inexplicable, illogical reason, instead of staying where he was, for whatever overwhelming reason, he had to avoid being caught and arrested by the police that day.”

Ahmaud Arbery's aunt, Kim, celebrates outside the courthouse after hearing the guilty verdict.
Ahmaud Arbery’s aunt, Kim, celebrates outside the courthouse after hearing the guilty verdict.
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People celebrated outside the court premises after the guilty verdict.
People celebrated outside the court premises after the guilty verdict.
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A woman raises a fist as she reacts outside the Glynn County Courthouse
A woman raises a fist as she reacts outside the Glynn County Courthouse
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One of Travis McMichael’s lawyers, Jason Sheffield, shows footage of men chasing Arbery, at which point the jogger runs towards his client, who aimed his shotgun at him.

“There is no doubt that Ahmed has this gun on his hands,” Sheffield said.

“You are allowed to defend yourself. You are allowed to use force if you believe it is necessary that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury. At the time Travis believed it was necessary,” he said .

Bryan’s attorney, Kevin Gough, urged the jury to consider his client separately from the McMichaels.

In his closing arguments, Gough insisted that Brian was “equipped with only a cellphone” and did not know that the McMichaels had a weapon when he joined the chase.

“Roddy Bryan was not aware of any intent, and malice could not have been a party to the crime of murder, because he could not have intentionally helped to commit a crime he did not know,” he said.

The closely watched trial featured the testimony of more than 20 witnesses, including the younger McMichael, who said he was forced to make a “life-or-death” decision to shoot Arbery because he lost his life. The gun was captured.

Prosecutors were not required to prove that the defendants intended to kill them to plead guilty to manslaughter.

Georgia is unique from most states in that it does not have a degree of homicide. Instead, it has malice and felony murder.

People react outside the Glynn County Courthouse
People react outside the Glynn County Courthouse
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Malice murder occurs when a person “unlawfully and with malice, either expressed or implied, causes the death of another human being.”

Felony homicide applies when a person who has no intention to kill intentionally commits another crime that results in the death of a person.

President Joe Biden hailed the conviction in the case, saying the verdict “ensures that those who commit this horrific crime will be punished.”

“While a guilty verdict shows our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough,” Biden said.

“Instead, we must re-commit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one is afraid of violence because of the color of their skin.”

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