All 3 defendants found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery

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WEDNESDAY 11/24/2021 12:46 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — All three men charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery were convicted of murder Wednesday.

The jury reached its decision after more than 10 hours of deliberations following a trial in which prosecutors argued that the defendants provoked a confrontation with Arbery and defense attorneys said their clients were acting in self-defense.

Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and jumped in a pickup truck to pursue the 25-year-old Black man after seeing him running in their neighborhood outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick in February 2020. Their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan joined the pursuit in his own pickup and recorded cellphone video of Travis McMichael fatally shooting Arbery.

Arbery’s killing became part of a larger national reckoning on racial injustice after the graphic video leaked online two months later. Though prosecutors didn’t argue that racism motivated the killing, federal authorities have charged all three men with hate crimes, alleging they chased and killed Arbery because he was Black. All three defendants are white. They are scheduled to go on trial in February.

The men were charged with murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and attempted false imprisonment.

ORIGINAL: Verdict reached in trial of men charged in Ahmaud Arbery killing

WEDNESDAY 11/24/2021 12:38 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The jury in the trial of the three white men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s slaying reached a verdict Wednesday after more than 10 hours of deliberation.

The decision comes almost two years after the 25-year-old Black man was killed while running outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick.

Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and jumped in a pickup truck to pursue Arbery after seeing him in their neighborhood. Their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan joined the pursuit in his own pickup and recorded cellphone video of Travis McMichael firing the fatal shots.

Arbery’s killing in February 2020 became part of a larger national reckoning on racial injustice after the graphic video leaked online two months later. All three men were charged with murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and attempted false imprisonment.

Though prosecutors did not argue that racism motivated the killing, federal authorities have charged all three men with hate crimes, alleging that they chased and killed Arbery because he was Black. That case is scheduled to go to trial in February.

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