Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, spoke in Brunswick, Georgia, shortly after three white men chased and found her son guilty of murder.
“I never thought this day would come, but God is good,” she told a crowd of supporters and the press.
Father and son Greg McMichael, 65, and Travis McMichael, 35, and their neighbor William “Roddy” Bryan, 52, faced the same nine criminal charges: one count of malice, four counts of felony assault, two of aggravated assault. case, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony. The men pleaded not guilty to all of their charges. Only the younger McMichael was found guilty of malice.
Malicious murder is punishable by imprisonment for life without parole, or by death by lethal injection.
Prosecutors are seeking life in prison without parole for all three men.
“It’s been a long fight, it’s been an uphill battle, but God is good,” she said.
Mr Arbery’s mother said she thought in 2020 she would never see a day when men would be held responsible for her son’s murder.
Mr Arbery was shot while jogging on February 23, 2020. McMichaels and Brian saw him running and started following him in their pickup trucks. He claimed he believed he was responsible for recent burglaries, a charge that was never substantiated with evidence.
Little McMichael approaches Mr. Arbery, a fight ensues, and little McMichael shoots Mr. Arbery with a shotgun, killing him.
The defense team for the three men attempted to mount a self-defense argument, claiming that the younger McMichael feared for his life in the conflict, but prosecutors rejected that argument, claiming that Mr. Arbery was shot. was killed because he would not submit the demands. Male.
Mr Arbery’s murder was viewed by many as being of a racial nature, as he is black and the victims were all white. While a possible racial component of the case was not determined in the state trial, a federal hate crime trial will raise questions next year.
When the men were found guilty of murder, there was applause from Mr Arbery’s family and supporters in the courtroom. Outside the courtyard, supporters held signs chanting “justice for Ahmed” and “no justice, no peace”.
Ms Cooper-Jones thanked Mr Arbery’s supporters for marching in her name and praying for justice in her case.
She added that her son “will now rest in peace.”
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