Three white men found guilty over murder of Ahmaud Arbery

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Three white men have been convicted of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a black jogger who they chased in their trucks and then shot and killed as they made their way through a suburban neighborhood in Georgia last February.

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The shooting, along with the killing of George Floyd last May by police in Minneapolis, helped inspire the 2020 mass racial injustice protests.

Gregory McMichael, his son Travis, and their neighbor William “Roddy” Bryan faced a total of nine state charges, including malice, felony, false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a 12-gauge shotgun, and aggravated assault with pickup trucks. attacks are included. Mr Arbery, 25, was following him through the community of Satila Shores near Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23 last year. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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The jury began deliberations Tuesday in Glynn County, Georgia, and considered the charges for more than 10 hours, before handing back a complicated final decision.

Travis McMichael, who shot Mr Arbery, was found guilty on all nine counts.

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Gregory McMichael, who had been riding with his son Travis in the same truck where the men were armed with pistols and a shotgun, was found not guilty of malice but of all other counts.

Brian, his neighbor, who joined the chase in his truck and filmed the encounter on his phone, pleaded not guilty to one count of malice and one count of felony, while pleading guilty to three counts of felony count and three other counts of felony. ,

Inside the courtroom when the verdict was delivered, the Arbery family jumped in, clapped and shouted in celebration. He compared Ahmed’s killing to “modern-day lynchings”.

The trio of men closed after Mr Arbery claimed to have attempted a civilian arrest of the young man because he believed he was responsible for several recent break-ins in the neighbourhood. During the trial, it was revealed that contrary to his claims, the McMichaels actually knew that Mr Arbery was not accused of any crime.

“I don’t think the man actually stole anything from there,” Gregory McMichael told investigators after the shooting, referring to a house under construction in the area where Mr Arbery was seen roaming the grounds on security cameras. was filmed. Police had also warned the men before the shooting that Mr Arbery had not been charged with taking anything from the house. No vandalism was reported in the area for seven weeks prior to Mr Arbery’s murder.

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