A verdict has been reached in the trial of the three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery in Glynn County, Georgia last year. At this time, it is unclear when the verdict will be shared with the court.
The ongoing trial stems from an incident that took place in Brunswick, Georgia on February 23, 2020. Greg McMichael claims he spotted Arbery running away from a home that he believed he had broken into. From there, McMichael reportedly alerted his son, Travis, and asked him to ride with him as he chased down the unarmed jogger in his car. After catching up to Arbery, he says he attempted to speak to Arbery, but the unarmed jogger kept running.
As the encounter unfolded, Greg McMichael and Travis McMichael cut off one end of the road while William “Roddy” Bryan used his vehicle to cut off the other end of the road. Caught in between the three men and their cars, Ahmaud Arbery ran back toward McMichael and his son, Travis. As he ran toward the two men, Travis McMichael grabbed his shotgun and fatally wounded the unarmed jogger.
In the immediate aftermath, police did not arrest Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael or William Bryan. However, they were arrested and charged after video of the shooting surfaced on a local news broadcast and made its way around the internet, triggering protests.
According to the Associated Press, the three defendants currently face the following charges:
- Malice Murder
- Felony Murder [Four Counts]
- False Imprisonment
- Criminal Attempt To Commit False Imprisonment
If convicted, all three men face up to life in prison. In addition, the three men are also set to appear in court to face federal civil rights charges in the first quarter of 2022. However, it is unclear when their federal trial will begin.
— Brooke Butler (@BrookeButlerTV) November 24, 2021