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Old 11-24-2021, 12:41 PM   #1
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Three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia







By Theresa Braine and KATE FELDMAN
New York Daily News
Nov 24, 2021
















The three men who chased down and killed Ahmaud Arbery as the Black man was jogging in a suburban Georgia neighborhood last year were found guilty by a jury Wednesday, bringing an end to a contentious trial.


The men were found guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony. Travis McMichael, the one who actually shot Arbery, was also convicted of malice murder.


A man in the courtroom let out a gleeful “whoop” when the first verdict was read and was promptly escorted out of the building.


Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley said he would wait to schedule sentencing to coordinate with all parties involved.


The felony murder convictions mean each man will face a maximum sentence of life in prison.


After 10 days of testimony, the disproportionately white, 12-person panel decided the fate of Travis, 35, who pulled the trigger; his father, 65-year-old Greg McMichael, who drove their pickup truck, and William “Roddie” Bryan, who drove his own truck and joined the chase, then filmed the fatal encounter on his cellphone.



Defendants William "Roddie" Bryan, Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichael stood trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. (OCTAVIO JONES/Getty Images)


Arbery’s killing on Feb. 23, 2020, near the coastal city of Brunswick, became a focal point in the country’s ongoing conversation on racial and social justice. Federal authorities charged all three men with hate crimes, alleging that they chased and killed Arbery because he was Black.


The jury, consisting of 11 white jurors and one Black juror, had heard in meticulous detail of how, days before, Travis McMichael had seen someone lurking late at night around the property of a neighbor whose house was under construction; how he thought that person — who he assumed was Arbery — had put his hand in his waistband as if to pull out a gun. That gesture was, he testified, part of what led him to assume the sweats-clad jogger was up to no good in the middle of the day.



Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was killed on Feb. 23 in Brunswick, Georgia.


That’s when the McMichaels grabbed guns, jumped into their pickup truck and sped after the running Black man, ostensibly to make a citizen’s arrest and wait for police, their defense claimed. Bryan joined the pursuit in his own vehicle, intent on helping them box Arbery in, and ended up filming the shooting as Arbery threw punches and grabbed for the gun.


None of the men were charged until two months later, when that footage was leaked online, sparking a public outcry. It was then that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over from local police. All three men are charged with several counts of murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and other crimes.


Defense attorneys said the three suspected Arbery of breaking into a house under construction and wanted to hold him until police arrived. Security cameras recorded the jogger inside the house five times, but there was no indication he stole or damaged anything.


Travis McMichael admitted on the stand that Arbery had in no way threatened him before he himself pointed a shotgun at him. Nonetheless, the defense attorneys tried to blame Arbery for his own death. At one point defense attorney Linda Hogue brought an audible gasp from those in the courtroom on Monday.



Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski shows an image from a video showing Ahmaud Arbery, left, stumbling to the ground near Travis McMichael, right. (Stephen B. Morton/AP)


“Turning Ahmaud Arbery into a victim after the choices that he made does not reflect the reality of what brought Ahmaud Arbery to Satilla Shores in his khaki shorts with no socks to cover his long, dirty toenails,” Hogue said. Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, walked out, saying, “I gotta get out of here,” according to CNN.


“I thought it was very, very rude to talk about his long, dirty toenails and to totally neglect that my son had a huge hole in his chest when he was shot with that shotgun,” she told CNN later.



Firearms expert Brian Leppard with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation examines a 12-gage Remington pump shotgun as part of evidence. (Stephen B. Morton/AP)


The video, replayed numerous times in court, showed Arbery running around the back of McMichael’s pickup just after McMichael pointed the shotgun at him from next to the driver’s side door, which was open. Arbery ran around the passenger side, McMichael moved to the front, and the two came face to face. The truck blocked the view after that, until the gunshots.


Throughout the trial, Bryan’s attorney Kevin Gough repeatedly drew attention to the presence of the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who had come to support Arbery’s family. Gough claimed their presence might intimidate the jury and asked that they be removed.


“We don’t want any more Black pastors coming in here,” he said.



Judge Timothy Walmsley looks on during the trial. (OCTAVIO JONES/AP)


The judge turned down his request, branding his remarks “reprehensible.”


Gough and the defense for the McMichaels also asked for a mistrial, saying that the sound of Arbery’s mother weeping in the courtroom could sway the jury.
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well look at that , the justice system worked correctly twice in the same week .
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well look at that , the justice system worked correctly twice in the same week .



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It is a bit odd how the two trials started and ended almost at the same time
It is also a bit like a game...both teams won or both teams lost...
I am surprised the town I was born and know all too well....came out with
a guilty verdict.
I hope all is well.
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