Guilty Verdicts for Three Defendants in Ahmaud Arbery Murder Case

All three defendants were found guilty by a jury on the second day of Wednesday’s deliberations in Cobb County, Georgia, over the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black runner who was shot and killed while jogging in early 2020.

Travis McMichael pleaded guilty to all charges facing the three defendants, including “malicious murder”, felony homicide, aggravated assault and wrongful imprisonment. His father, Greg McMichael, was not found guilty of “malicious murder” but was found guilty of other crimes. A third man, William Bryan, was not found guilty of “malicious murder” and one felony murder and aggravated assault, but was found guilty of another felony murder and other charges.

The lawsuit stemmed from a shootout after McMichaels stopped Arbery on the way in Brunswick, Georgia, apparently believing he was a thief. Arbery was shot in the fighting. Initially, there was no prosecution until footage of the murder taken by Bryan emerged and caused public outrage. The defense alleged that the three men attempted to make a lawful citizen’s arrest and acted in self-defense by shooting Arbery.

Numerous media commentators had previously argued that Arbery and her family would not receive justice because the jurors were disproportionately white and there was only one black juror on the panel. After the hearing, however, the Artery family’s lawyers were overjoyed by the verdict and thanked the jury for handling the case carefully and impartially.

While the trial was racially and politically charged, it was not initially; Lee Merritt, attorney for the Arbery family, spoke He spoke frequently with Breitbart News and acknowledged that then-President Donald Trump had assisted in the case.

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