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Jury Reaches Verdict in Murder Trial of Ahmaud Arbery

A verdict has been reached in the trail of three men, Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., who were charged with malice murder and felony murder in the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.

After deliberating for a total of 11 hours, a jury reached a verdict at 1:21 p.m on Wednesday.

A jury has found all three men charged in the killing of Arbery guilty of murder.

Travis McMichael has been found guilty on all nine counts of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Travis McMichael faces a sentence of up to life in prison without the possibility of parole on each murder charge. He faces 20 years on each aggravated assault charge. He faces 10 years on the false imprisonment charge, and 5 years on the criminal attempt to commit a felony charge.

Gregory McMichael has been found not guilty of one count of malice murder. Gregory McMichael has been found guilty on eight other charges; felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Gregory McMichael faces a sentence of up to life in prison without the possibility of parole on each of the four felony murder charges, 20 years on each aggravated assault charge, 10 years on the false imprisonment charge, and 5 years on the criminal attempt to commit a felony charge.

Bryan was found not guilty on one count each of malice murder, felony murder, and aggravated assault.

Bryan was found guilty on six other charges; felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and attempt to commit a felony.

Bryan faces a sentence of up to life in prison without the possibility of parole on each murder charge. He faces 20 years on the aggravated assault charge, 10 years on the false imprisonment charge, and 5 years on the criminal attempt to commit a felony charge.

Judge Timothy Walmsley asked Ahmaud Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr., to leave the courtroom after he reacted to the guilty verdict of Travis McMichael.

“I ask that whoever just made an outburst be removed from the court, please,” Walmsley said. “If you feel like you need to make a comment regarding the verdict, I ask that you step outside the courtroom now.”

A sentencing date has not been set.

On February 23, 2020, Arbery, who was unarmed, was jogging near Brunswick, Georgia when he was fatally shot after being pursued by Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael in a vehicle. Bryan, their neighbor, filmed Arbery’s death from a separate vehicle. All three men were arrested in May last year.

In a statement outside the courtroom, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones said her son can now “rest in peace.”

“Thank you. Thank each and every one of you who fought this fight with us. It’s been a long fight. It’s been a hard fight. But, God is good,” she said.

“I never thought this day back in 2020,” she added. “He will now rest in peace.”

10 Comments
  • JerBar says:

    Damn shame justice usually comes down to “who was the better lawyer rather than what is the truth” in so many cases, in the court system. God knows the ultimate truth and will bring justice against evil, no matter what religion you are. Earth is everyone’s prison until their soul is released … the humans courts just decide where you spend your time here. God’s decision is final.

  • Retired Cop says:

    I am utterly amazed that people are bringing up religion on behalf of the defendants in this case. I have seen the videos as well, and the proper way of handling a situation like this (witnessing what is believed to be a breaking and entering, AKA: B&E, suspect) is to call a uniformed patrol unit(s) out to investigate the person. NOT by having 3 guys in plain clothes, in their personal vehicles follow, harass, and corner (with weapon in hand) the alleged B&E suspect and expect him not to fight for his life. I hurt for Ahmaud Arbery, his family, and friends…as well as any other person who has been stereotyped because of the color of their skin. B&E is not a life or death offense; 1st degree burglary has that potential because someone is breaking into a knowingly occupied home. What everyone needs to do is to view the situation from Ahmaud’s perspective.

    You’re jogging down the street and suddenly three unknown guys start following you closely. They try to cut you off, block your way. You are already tired from jogging. And finally, you feel cornered when suddenly one gets out with a shotgun!! You know then it’s fight or die. The best instinct is to close the gap, and justifiably fight for the weapon.

    Had Ahmaud managed to get the shotgun and kill one or more of the defendants, he would be justified in a court of law because he was fighting for his life.

    I know some of the people posting are trolls, trying to make certain people look racist…and some may be. The left and the right are wings of the same bird; each have their faults. America needs to stop seeing life as black and white, and start seeing it as wrong or right.

  • Red Georgia says:

    But a few blacks with loaded guns outside the courthouse had nothing to do with it?

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