Ahmaud Arbery Death Trial Verdict: Three Men Found Guilty of Murder

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William “Roddy” Bryan Jr., Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichael.

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Brunswick, Ga.—Here a jury found three men guilty of murder shoot death Ahmaud Arbery, whom he encountered when he was walking in his neighborhood in early 2020.

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Travis McMichael, 35, follows Mr Arbery in two pickup trucks with his father, Gregory McMichael, 65, and William “Roddy” Bryan Jr., 52, on February 23, 2020. Travis McMichael shot Mr Arbery three times. 12-gauge shotgun, killed him.

Travis McMichael was found guilty on all counts, including one count of felony murder and four counts of felony. Gregory McMichael was found guilty of four counts of felony and acquitted of the charge of malice. Mr Bryan was convicted of three felony counts and acquitted of malice murder and one additional felony manslaughter charge.

Mr Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was unarmed when he was confronted by the McMichaels in Satilla Shores, a predominantly white residential area outside Brunswick. prosecutors argued that Mr Arbery was out for a run that day and that the defendants hunted him down on the unfounded suspicion that he was a neighborhood thief.

Lawyers for the three men, who are white, argued that they had good reasons to suspect that Mr Arbery was responsible for burglaries and burglaries in their neighborhood and sought police custody of him.

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