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Jurors in Brunswick, Georgia, found Travis McMichael and his father Greg McMichael guilty on Wednesday. almost all Counts including felonies, kicking off an intensive trial around February 2020, shot dead Ahmaud Arbery,

The jurors also found the McMichaels’ neighbor William “Roddy” Bryan guilty of a felony.

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Travis McMichael, 35, was found guilty on all counts, and Greg McMichael, 65, was found guilty on eight after he shot and killed Arbery — an unarmed black man — when he was in a neighborhood outside Brunswick. was running. All three men were charged with nine counts.

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Twelve jurors, 11 of whom are white and one of whom are black, reached their verdict on the 14th day of trial. Prosecutors and defense made their closing arguments on Monday, when protesters, including black armed militias, appeared outside the Glynn County Courthouse, demanding justice for the 25-year-old deceased.

When Arbery was killed on a Sunday afternoon, Greg McMichael saw Arbery “howling a-” from his home and called his son. The couple grabbed their guns and boarded a pickup truck. Brian soon joins the chase in his pickup truck.

The McMichaels reportedly recognized Arbery, who had been seen on surveillance video inside his neighbor’s under-construction home on five occasions. There is no evidence that he ever stole anything from his neighbor’s house.

This combo of booking photos provided by the Glynn County, Ga., Detention Center, shows, from left, Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddy" Bryan Jr. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP)

Travis McMichael testified last week that he tried to talk to Arbery, whom he identified from surveillance footage, but the young man kept running.

Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski told jurors that the men chased Arbery for five minutes after Greg McMichael threatened, “Wait or I’ll blow your f—king head!” She said the men used their trucks to trap her.

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Arbery turned to the other side of the vehicle to the right and then turned left to Travis McMichael. After Travis McMichael unfurled his shotgun, Arbery ran towards him. Travis McMichael fought twice over the weapon before opening fire at close range three times, hitting Arbery twice in the torso, and killing him.

Brian filmed part of the encounter on his cellphone.

Travis McMichael testified that he acted in self-defense, opening fire only after Arbery, who was unarmed, attacked him and grabbed his gun.

Greg McMichael wipes his eyes during a recess in testimony to his son Travis McMichael during the trial of his neighbor William "Roddy" Bryan and his neighbor William "Roddy" Bryan, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Brunswick, Georgia.  (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, Poole)

Glynn County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley withheld evidence about defendants’ alleged use of racial slurs and Arbery’s troubled past—describing some of the material as too inflammatory and prejudicial.

According to Brian’s statement to an investigator, after Travis McMichael shot Arbery in the torso, he reportedly blurted out “f-ing n–” as the 25-year-old breathed his last. Danikoski pushed the judge last week to let Travis McMichael pass over alleged racial abuse — but he ruled against him.

Furthermore, Walmsley delivered a blow to the defense, ruling that they could not accept any evidence of Arbery’s troubled past—including brushes with the law and mental health history.

Prosecutors said Arbery was an avid racer who lived just two miles from the spot where he was killed.

Arbery’s murder became part of a bigger National Count on Racial Injustice Two months later a graphic video of his death, filmed by Brian, was leaked online.

No one was charged with the murder until Brian’s video was made public and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case from local police. The men also face federal hate crime charges.

Granthshala News’ Rebecca Rosenberg and