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by PitDAWG
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A jury has returned guilty verdicts against all three defendants in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia. Travis McMichael, who fired the fatal shots, was convicted on all counts, including the charge of malice murder. His father Gregory McMichael and neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan were convicted of felony murder and other charges.

Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was shot to death while jogging in the neighborhood in February 2020. Cellphone video showed the men chasing Arbery and cornering him with their pickup trucks before a scuffle that ended with Travis McMichael shooting Arbery at close range with a shotgun.

As the first guilty verdict was read aloud, people in the public gallery were heard audibly gasping. Marcus Arbery, the father of Ahmaud Arbery, could be heard saying, "Long time coming," before being told by security to leave the courtroom. Judge Timothy Walmsley reminded the courtroom to remain silent as he continued to read the rest of the jury's verdicts aloud. [See below for a full breakdown of the charges against each defendant.]

As he stood to leave the courtroom, Travis McMichael, looking red-faced, mouthed the words "love you" to his mother.

The Associated Press reports the three men face minimum sentences of life in prison. The judge will decide whether that comes with or without the possibility of parole.

A sentencing date has yet to be scheduled.

The defense's case centered around the claim that the men acted lawfully under the state's citizen's arrest law — which was in effect at the time but has since been repealed — because they were suspicious he might have been involved in neighborhood burglaries. They argued they had a right of self-defense against Arbery who, one defense attorney said, "chose to fight."

The prosecution disputed that and argued that the three men had no legitimate reason to chase down and confront Arbery.

"All three of these defendants made assumptions — made assumptions about what was going on that day, and they made their decision to attack Ahmaud Arbery in their driveways because he was a Black man running down the street," lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski told the jury.

Though Arbery had gone inside a house under construction in the neighborhood, "nothing had ever been taken from the construction site," Dunikoski said, and the defendants had no direct knowledge linking him to any crime when they began their pursuit.

"He was trying to get away from these strangers that were yelling at him, threatening to kill him. And then they killed him," she said, adding that Arbery was killed "for absolutely no good reason at all."

The jury was able to hear from Travis McMichael when he took the stand in his own defense. He testified that he had heard about break-ins in the neighborhood and had previously seen a Black man "lurking" and "creeping" around a house under construction.

When his father spotted Arbery on February 23, they decided to drive up alongside him and question him. As the confrontation ensued, McMichael said he was forced to make a split-second "life-or-death" decision when he said Arbery grabbed for his shotgun.

"It was the most traumatic event of my life," he told the court.

But under cross-examination, McMichael acknowledged that Arbery was "just running" and did not threaten them.

The other two defendants did not testify at the trial.

The three men are also facing federal hate crimes charges. A separate trial in the federal case is scheduled to begin on February 7, 2022.

Full breakdown of the verdict
Count 1: Malice murder

T. McMichael: GUILTY
G. McMichael: NOT GUILTY
W. Bryan: NOT GUILTY

Count 2: Felony murder

T. McMichael: GUILTY
G. McMichael: GUILTY
W. Bryan: NOT GUILTY

Count 3: Felony murder

T. McMichael: GUILTY
G. McMichael: GUILTY
W. Bryan: GUILTY

Count 4: Felony murder

T. McMichael: GUILTY
G. McMichael: GUILTY
W. Bryan: GUILTY

Count 5: Felony murder

T. McMichael: GUILTY
G. McMichael: GUILTY
W. Bryan: GUILTY

Count 6: Aggravated assault

T. McMichael: GUILTY
G. McMichael: GUILTY
W. Bryan: NOT GUILTY

Count 7: Aggravated assault

T. McMichael: GUILTY
G. McMichael: GUILTY
W. Bryan: GUILTY

Count 8: False imprisonment

T. McMichael: GUILTY
G. McMichael: GUILTY
W. Bryan: GUILTY

Count 9: Criminal attempt to commit a felony

T. McMichael: GUILTY
G. McMichael: GUILTY
W. Bryan: GUILTY

Makeup of the jury

In a case where race played a key role, only one Black juror and 11 Whites were chosen to decide the fate of the three defendants, who are all White. Prosecutors objected, arguing that several potential Black jurors were cut because of their race.

The judge agreed that "intentional discrimination" by defense attorneys appeared to have shaped jury selection but said his authority to intervene was limited under Georgia law. In Glynn County, where Arbery was killed and the trial was held, Black people account for nearly 27% of the population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The judge said 25% of the pool from which the final jury was chosen was Black.

The jury included three men and nine women. They began deliberations midday Tuesday after the prosecution concluded its rebuttal arguments and the judge gave them instructions on the law in the case.

They reached their verdict the following day, after about 10 hours of deliberations.

https://www.cbsnews.com/live-update...ecKAxGieAWks_mj4D-KMEF5g-D8DG_JgFKwiN8Iw
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by WooferDawg
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The most bothersome statement is Travis McMichaels statement that it was "the most traumatic event in my life"......

It was even a more event traumatic for Arbery, except that he can't tell us so.

They chased him down and cornered him.. They were the aggressors.

goodbye...
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by OldColdDawg
OldColdDawg
I have to admit you were right, Eve. I expected them to get the Klan pass.
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by OrangeCrush
OrangeCrush
Justice is served; the system works a lot better when you let the facts do the talking instead of trying to interject your own opinions about what a person's mindset or intentions were.
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by Clemdawg
Clemdawg
The Prosecuting Attorney put on a clinic in this trial.

She was focused, disciplined, and presented the facts in such a way as to give the Defense Attorneys virtually no wiggle room for their clients. She never allowed the 'racial optics' of the jury makeup to alter her approach, and she ran this case by the numbers. As Joe Friday would have said: "Just the facts, Ma'am."

In her closing arguments, she went to lengths to point out that Mr. Arbery was chased for 5 minutes before he was cornered and executed, thereby negating any legitimate claim of self defense by counsel for the accused. She went to lengths to explain that the accused had no evidence that the deceased had committed any observable crime, thereby negating the legitimacy of a so-called citizen's arrest. She was even able to compel the defense's sole client who took the stand in his own defense to admit-under oath-that the deceased made no move or gesture that could have been interpreted as hostile or threatening. She never allowed the trial to become a race-based media circus, and she won by overwhelming her opponents with competence, facts, an impeccably designed and executed case, and unimpeachable professionalism. It was truly impressive to see.

Like I said- a clinic.

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These 3 men targeted, hunted, and lynched a Human Being. They got caught, and will now pay the price.
This scenario should be The Rule, not the exception.

And that is why America's entire History should be taught in Jr. Hi and HS. All up in the heart of Civics classes. Because too many murders like this have gone absolutely unpunished over the centuries that we've been here. It is not to shame; it is to inform. So that we can be better, and take another step toward a More Perfect Union.


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by PitDAWG
PitDAWG
One of the men actually worked for her as an investigator and she's facing charges. Charges weren't even filed until two months after the video of the murder was released. It's pretty sad and even though the jury got it right, it shows that there were huge obstacles blocking the way in making that ever happen.


Former Georgia district attorney booked on charges of obstructing Ahmaud Arbery case

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jackie-johnson-ahmaud-arbery-prosecutor-charged-obstruction/

Woofer said above that he expected fair minded people to compose a jury. I would like to think he would expect that same standard from prosecutors. But as we can see that's not always the way things work out. It's hard to say if anything would have ever been done if the "far left liberal media" and Arbery's mom hadn't been so relentless.
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by PortlandDawg
PortlandDawg
Thank God for the video. Without… well, my guess is a different verdict.
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