The man who shot Ahmaud Arbery has been convicted of premeditated murder

The man who shot Ahmaud Arbery has been convicted of premeditated murder

Brunswick, J.A.; — A jury that heard 10 days of testimony in the case against three white men accused of murder in the death of Ahmed Arbery returned a verdict Wednesday afternoon, finding the shooter, Travis McMichael, guilty of premeditated murder and the other eight counts against him. for him.

Greg, Travis McMichael’s father, was convicted on eight of the nine charges against him, and William “Rudy” Bryan was convicted on all but three of the charges.

explainer: The trio is guilty of killing Ahmoud Arbery. What now?

Here are the details of the charges and jury verdicts (click play on the videos to see each series of verdicts in progress):

Travis McMichael

Premeditated murder: guilty

Felony murder: Guilty

Felony murder: Guilty

Felony murder: Guilty

Felony murder: Guilty

Aggravated assault: Guilty

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Aggravated assault: Guilty

False prison: guilty

Criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment: Guilty

Gregory McMichael

Premeditated murder: not guilty

Felony murder: Guilty

Felony murder: Guilty

Felony murder: Guilty

Felony murder: Guilty

Aggravated assault: Guilty

Aggravated assault: Guilty

False prison: guilty

Criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment: Guilty

William “Rudy” Brian

Premeditated murder: not guilty

Felony murder: not guilty

Felony murder: Guilty

Felony murder: Guilty

Felony murder: Guilty

Aggravated assault: Not guilty

Aggravated assault: Guilty

False prison: guilty

Criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment: Guilty

Reaction to the rulings was swift. As the judge read the first guilty verdict out loud, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, sobbed aloud: “Oh!” And she cried while Reverend Al Sharpton held her hand.

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Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery, jumped up at the same moment and exclaimed. The judge asked the sheriff’s deputies to remove him from the courtroom due to anger. “It’s been a long time,” Marcus Arbery said as he left the room.

Cheers could be heard from the corridors inside the courtroom and the atmosphere outside the courtroom was jubilant, as Black Lives Matter flags waved and supporters cheered.

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Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and chased Arbery into a pickup truck after seeing the 25-year-old black man running through their neighborhood in the coastal city of Brunswick, Georgia in February 2020. Neighbor Brian recorded a mobile video as he joined the pursuit.

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The jury was tasked with determining whether these actions were justified under the Georgia Citizens’ Arrest Act, which has since been repealed, or whether they constituted murder under Georgia law.

Arbery’s murder became part of a larger national account on racial injustice after a video of his death was leaked online two months later and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case, quickly arresting the three men.

During the multi-week trial in Glenn County, defense attorneys asserted that McMichaels were attempting to detain a lawful citizen when they drove off after Arbery, attempting to detain and interrogate him as a suspected burglar after he was seen running from a nearby home under construction.

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Travis McMichael, the man who shot Arbery, testified that Arbery attacked him and took his gun before firing the fatal shots, calling it a “life-or-death situation.” Then, after cross-examination of witnesses the next day, when prosecutors replayed the mobile video clip of Arbery’s death and reviewed it in detail with McMichael, he testified that Arbery had not spoken, shown a weapon, or otherwise threatened him before. He raised his gun and pointed it at Arbery.

McMichael was one of seven witness defense attorneys who were called to the stand. The other two defendants did not testify.

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Before prosecutors comforted their case earlier, they called the medical examiner to testify and showed Arbery’s autopsy photos to the jury. They also made sure that the jury saw disturbing close-up evidence images of Arbery’s bleeding on the road and that they heard from Glynn County investigators, including one who testified that one of the defendants said Arbery was “trapped like a rat” before he was fatally shot.

Two other police officers testified that the man who started the chase that ended in Arbery’s death quickly changed his story about why he suspected the man running in his neighborhood was a criminal.

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Prosecutors said there was no evidence that Arbery committed crimes in the defendants’ neighborhood.

Tensions erupted in and out of the courtroom during the trial due to the presence of prominent religious leaders in the courtroom, seated with Arbery’s parents.

Attorney Kevin Gough, representing Brian, was forced to apologize in court after he made comments about not wanting “more black pastors” in the courtroom because he claimed they were a chilling effect on the jury. Those comments became a hotspot that led to demonstrations, including a rally and crowd outside the courtroom as lawyers repeated calls for priests not to be allowed to be on the show.

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Glenn’s Unified Command said it had a plan in place for whatever verdict the jurors came up with, when it came out.

“It doesn’t matter which way the judgment is passed, you can’t make everyone happy, so we’re preparing for those emergencies, preparing for the worst, and hoping for the best,” said Capt. Jeremiah Bergquist of the Glen County Police Department. We encourage peace. You can come together and have that freedom of expression — and get your message across and do it peacefully, and that’s what we’ve been asking people to do and up until this point it’s been great.”

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