Guilty verdict in trial of individuals accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery

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BRUNWICK, Ga. — All three white men charged with the death of Ahmaud Arbery were found guilty Wednesday of murder in a deadly gun attack that has become part of a broader national showdown over racial injustice.

Conviction for Greg McMichael, son Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan arrived after the jurors had discussed it for nearly 10 hours. The men face at least life sentences. It is up to the judge to decide whether this is accompanied by the possibility of parole.

McMichaels picked up guns and jumped into a pickup truck to chase the 25-year-old Black man after he was seen running through their neighborhood outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick in February 2020. Bryan joined the chase in his pickup truck and recorded the cell phone video. Travis McMichael fatally shoots Arbery.

Arbery was killed, after the graphic video leaked online two months later. Although prosecutors did not claim that racism motivated the murder, federal officials charged them with hate crimes, claiming they chased and killed Arbery. he It was black. This case is scheduled to be heard in February.

Shortly after returning to court Wednesday morning, the jury sent a memo to Supreme Court Justice Timothy Walmsley asking him to watch two versions of the footage—the original and the investigators developed to reduce the shadows—three times.

The jurors returned to the courtroom to watch the videos and replay the 911 call that one of the defendants made from the bed of a pickup truck about 30 seconds before the shooting.

The disproportionate white jury picked up the case at noon on Tuesday and deliberated for nearly six hours before adjourning before deciding.

McMichaels told police they suspected Arbery was an escaped thief when they armed themselves and jumped into a pickup truck to chase him. Bryan joined the chase as they drove by his house and they recorded a cell phone video. Travis McMichael Arbery punched and snatched the gun, detonating Arbery at close range with a shotgun.

On the 911 call that the jury reviewed, Greg McMichael told an operator: “I’m here on Satilla Shores. There’s a Black male running down the street.”

Then, as Arbery ran towards McMichael’s idling truck with Bryan’s truck behind him, he began shouting: “Stop there! Damn it, stop! Travis!” After a few seconds, gunshots can be heard.

The graphic video death leaked online two months later, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case and quickly arrested the three men. Each is charged with murder and other crimes.

Defense attorneys allege that McMichaels attempted to arrest a lawful citizen when they set off after Arbery, questioning and detaining him as a suspected burglar after he was seen fleeing a nearby house under construction.

Travis McMichael testified he He shot Arbery in self-defense, saying that the running man had turned and attacked. her punches while running past idle truck Travis McMichael stopped with her shotgun.

Prosecutors said there was no evidence that Arbery had committed a crime in the defendants’ neighborhood. he had enrolled in a technical college and was preparing to study to become an electrician at the time. her uncles.

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