After 11 hours and five minutes, a verdict has been reached in the trial of the three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. A jury has found Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William “Roddy” Bryan guilty of the following crimes:
- Travis McMichael: Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Criminal Attempt To Commit A Felony
- Greg McMichael: Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, False Imprisonment, Criminal Attempt To Commit A Felony
- William Bryan: Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, False Imprisonment, Criminal Attempt To Commit A Felony
Today’s verdict closes another chapter in the aftermath of Arbery’s death. The unarmed Black jogger was running through Brunswick, Georgia in February 2020 when he was chased and gunned down by the three defendants. Despite the graphic nature of the murder, the three men were not arrested immediately afterward. Instead, the trio was allowed to go about their lives until a video of the gruesome shooting was shared online. In the months that followed, the video triggered protests and added to an ongoing social justice movement propelled by the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
The legal journey for the three defendants does not end here. Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William “Roddy” Bryan will also face several federal civil rights charges in early 2022. In the meantime, the three defendants will remain in police custody until their next trial.
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 24, 2021