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Three Men Found Guilty Of Murder In The Killing Of Ahmaud Arbery

A jury has found the three white men accused of killing a 25-year-old Black man, Ahmaud Arbery guilty of murder and most of the other 29 charges they faced.

Travis McMichael, who shot Ahmaud Arbery, was convicted of all charges. His father, Greg McMichael was found not guilty of malice murder, but guilty of four counts of felony murder and four additional felony counts.

William “Roddie” Bryan was found not guilty of malice murder, one felony murder count and one felony aggravated assault count and convicted of three felony murder counts and three additional felony counts.

Each suspect was charged with the same nine counts.

Travis McMichael

  • Malice murder – Guilty
  • Felony murder
    • Count 1 – Guilty
    • Count 2 – Guilty
    • Count 3 – Guilty
    • Count 4 – Guilty
  • Aggravated assault
    • Count 1 – Guilty
    • Count 2 – Guilty
  • False imprisonment to commit false imprisonment – Guilty
  • Criminal attempt to commit a felony – Guilty

Greg McMichael

  • Malice murder – Not Guilty
  • Felony murder
    • Count 1 – Guilty
    • Count 2 – Guilty
    • Count 3 – Guilty
    • Count 4 – Guilty
  • Aggravated assault
    • Count 1 – Guilty
    • Count 2 – Guilty
  • False imprisonment to commit false imprisonment – Guilty
  • Criminal attempt to commit a felony – Guilty

William Bryan

  • Malice murder – Not Guilty
  • Felony murder
    • Count 1 – Not Guilty
    • Count 2 – Guilty
    • Count 3 – Guilty
    • Count 4 – Guilty
  • Aggravated assault
    • Count 1 – Not Guilty
    • Count 2 – Guilty
  • False imprisonment to commit false imprisonment – Guilty
  • Criminal attempt to commit a felony – Guilty

Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael were on trial alongside William “Roddie” Bryan more than a year after murdering Arbery.

Prosecutors argued Arbery was in a south Georgia neighborhood on Feb. 23, 2020, when he was pursued and confronted by the McMichaels. A part of the exchange was captured on video Bryan recorded. Travis McMichael pulled the trigger, killing Arbery during a struggle over his shotgun.

Months went by following Abery’s death before any arrests came. The cell phone video posted on social medial led to a public outcry with many wanting the defendants to be held accountable. It wasn’t until the Georgia Bureau of Investigation got involved that the three men were arrested. The request from Glynn County Police for the GBI to investigate the death and video came more than two months after the shooting.

The three men still face federal hate crime charges separate from the charges they were convicted of in this trial.

A former Georgia District Attorney is also facing charges related to the Arbery case. Prosecutors alleged Jackie Johnson used her position as DA to delay arrests Greg and Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan.

In addition, the indictment also alleges the ex-DA showed “favor and affection” to Greg McMichael, who once worked as an investigator in her office. Johnson also failed “to treat Ahmaud Arbery and his family fairly and with dignity.”

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