3 white men are found guilty of murder in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery

By |2021-11-24T14:29:06-05:00November 24th, 2021|Breonna Taylor|

Enlarge this image Travis McMichael (from left); his father, Gregory McMichael; and William "Roddie" Bryan have been on trial over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was fatally shot while out for a run last year in Georgia. Sean Rayford, Octavio Jones-Pool/ Getty Images Sean Rayford, Octavio Jones-Pool/ Getty Images The three white men who chased down and killed Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was jogging though their Georgia neighborhood last year, were all found guilty of murder charges. The high-profile shooting — and the 10 weeks it took for law enforcement to make their first arrests — galvanized racial injustice protests in the summer of 2020. After the judge read the first guilty verdict, a whoop rang out in the courtroom at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. "Long time coming," the person exclaimed as the judge expelled them from the courtroom. Father and son Greg McMichael, 65, and Travis McMichael, 35, and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, 52, all faced the same nine criminal counts in Georgia state court: one count of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony. They pleaded not guilty to all counts. Jurors found all three men guilty of nearly all the counts against them on Wednesday. Travis McMichael was found guilty of all nine counts. Greg McMichael was found not guilty of one count of malice murder, and Bryan was found not guilty of one count of malice murder, one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault. As the verdicts were read, Travis McMichael appeared largely emotionless, and eventually let out a sigh. Greg McMichael dropped his head at the first guilty verdict against him. Bryan wore a pained frown as the judge read aloud his verdicts. Watch the judge read the verdict