The final verdict in the trial over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery is now announced and the jury has found all three men guilty of murder.
Travis McMichael was found guilty on all five counts- malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
Travis’ father, Gregory McMichael, was found guilty on four charges- felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
And William “Roddie” Bryan was found not guilty on three charges- aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
The case got national attention after a viral video circulated on social media back in February 2020. The video showed Arbery running towards Travis McMichael’s truck after a five-minute chase. Police interview transcripts detailed that Gregory McMichael initiated the chase after seeing Arbery running past his house. McMichael suspected that Arbery had committed burglary or theft in his area.
Arbery had entered an under-construction house with no doors five times in five months, including once shortly before the shooting. Security camera video from inside the house showed no evidence of theft.
The prosecution in this trial made a case on the notion that the three defendants did everything they did base on assumptions – not on facts and evidence. She made the point that the men never stopped and called the local law enforcement but decided to handle the situation by themselves based on speculation.
The defense on the other hand made the argument that the men were just trying to detain Arbery and conduct a citizen’s arrest. At one point during the chase, Gregory McMichael yelled “stop or I’ll blow your motherf*cking head off!”
The video of the shooting caused widespread outrage. But the issue became even more heated when the conduct of the local government came to light.
Judge Walmsley adjourned the court on a note that a date for sentencing the three men will be set at in a couple of weeks.
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