Three Georgia men have been charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
All three defendants in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan, were found guilty.
According to CBS News, the decision was made on Wednesday afternoon.
All three men face life sentences as a minimum.
Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was killed while jogging in the Brunswick, Georgia neighborhood in February 2020.
The men can be seen chasing Arbery and then cornering him with their pickup trucks in video captured by Bryan on his cellphone.
Travis McMichael then fired three shots at Arbery from close range.
Travis McMichael was found guilty of all charges against him, including malice murder.
Travis’ father, Gregory McMichael, and Bryan were both found guilty of felony murder charges.
Two months after the incident, the graphic video of the murder was released.
When the public learned that none of the three men involved in the ordeal had been arrested, it sparked widespread outrage.
On May 7, 2020, Gregory and Travis McMichael were apprehended on murder and aggravated assault charges.
On May 21, Bryan was arrested and charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment, a few weeks later.
As previously stated, all of the men face life sentences as a minimum.
It will be up to the judge to decide whether or not they will be eligible for parole.
There has yet to be set a date for sentencing.
The men, however, will stand trial again in 2022 on separate charges.
Federal hate crimes charges have been filed against Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and Bryan.
The trial will start in February.
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“The verdict today was a verdict based on the facts, based on the evidence, and that was our goal, was to bring that to that jury so that they could do the right thing, because the jury system works in this country,” Linda Dunikoski, the case’s lead prosecutor, said outside the courthouse after the verdict was announced.
“And when you present the truth to people and they see it, they will do the right thing, and that’s what this jury did today in bringing Ahmaud Arbery’s case to justice.”
Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mother, also issued a statement after the verdicts were announced.
“It’s been a long fight,” she said outside the courtroom.
It’s been a long and arduous battle.
However, God is good.
He’ll take a nap now…
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