After nine hours of deliberation, the verdict is up. A jury found Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan Jr. guilty of murder Ahmaud Arbery. All three defendants faces nine charges with Murder, Assassination and Imprisonment, per AP News. The judge began by reading the verdict of all the counts against Travis, followed by Gregory and then William.
As previously reported, Ahmaud lost his life while jogging through a Georgia neighborhood called Satilla Shores. Travis, along with his father Gregory and their neighbor William, chased Ahmaud into the street, trapped him with their trucks and then killed him with a rifle. The criminal act took place on 23 February 2020.
The younger McMichael is the only defendant who has been found guilty on all nine charges. He is also the person who shot and killed Ahmaud. A jury that made headlines for having one Black Jurors, a decision was made on Wednesday afternoon local time. She convicted Travis of malicious murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a crime.
Travis is the only convicted murderer to go down for crime and vicious murder. Georgia’s law shows no difference in punishment for either murder charge. Both crime and malicious murder come with minimum life in prison. However, the judge may decide to grant or refuse the possibility of parole. Nevertheless, the belief means that they must serve at least 30 years before being eligible for parole, per AP.
The jury also convicted Gregory of killing Ahmaud. His group of colleagues found him guilty of four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a crime. He risks a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to CNN.
William Bryan Jr.
Like his co-defendants, the jury subjected William to the same fate. They also convicted William for killing Ahmaud. He was convicted of murder, but acquitted of malicious murder.
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