USA. Assassination of Ahmaud Arbery – verdict

Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan were found guilty of the murder of African American Ahmaud Arbery by a jury in Brunswick, Georgia. The men said they were trying to carry out a civil appraisal. US President Joe Biden commented on the verdict in this high-profile crime trial from last year.

A jury in a court in Brunswick, Georgia, USA found three accused men guilty of the murder of African-American Ahmaud Arbery in a high-profile crime trial last year. The men said they were trying to carry out a civil appraisal.


The jurors unanimously found the accused Travis McMichael guilty on all nine counts, including the heaviest, deliberate manslaughter. The father of the main accused, Gregory McMichael, and another participant in the incident, William Bryan, were also convicted of most of the charges, including complicity in the murder.

The court will decide on the penalty for the accused at a later date. Georgia law states that the most serious charge may be life sentence with parole, absolute life imprisonment or the death penalty.

They explained that they wanted to conduct a citizenship shot of Arbery

This is one of the most high-profile cases of the past year, taking place against the backdrop of a wave of nationwide anti-racist protests following the death of George Floyd.

Arbery, 25, is out for a jog in the suburbs of Brunswick. The three defendants, who suspected him of a series of incursions and thefts at construction sites, chased after him, following him in two cars. In a video recorded by Bryan, you can see Travis McMichael, armed with a shotgun, trying to stop the African American, and in the course of a struggle, he fires several shots in the chest, inflicting fatal wounds on him.

The jurors unanimously found the accused Travis McMichael guilty of all 9 countsStephen B. Morton / PAP / EPA

The men and their lawyers explained to the court that they had attempted to carry out a citizen capture while awaiting the arrival of the police and that they had sufficient grounds to suspect Arbery of a crime. Travis McMichael also testified that he was acting in self-defense because he was afraid that Arbery would take his gun and shoot him.

The prosecution argued that by approaching an unarmed victim with a gun, McMichael lost his right to plead self-defense. Prosecutors also argued that the McMichael’s could not be sure that Arbery was the perpetrator of the burglaries, and therefore had no right to detain him.

Ahmaud Arbery’s family comments on the verdict

-It was a tough fight, a long fight. I never thought that day would come, but God is good. Thank you to everyone who took part in the protests and who prayed, said Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mother.

“Ahmaud’s parents are proof that if you are determined, justice will come,” said Reverend Al Sharpton, a noted pastor and African American rights activist after the verdict was pronounced. “We have many more battles ahead of us, but it was an important battle (…) together we can defeat the lynching mob,” he added to the cheers of the gathered crowd of demonstrators in front of the Brunswick courthouse.

Three men found guilty of the murder of Ahmaud ArberyStephen B. Morton / PAP / EPA

– Today is a good day. This is proof that everyone’s life matters. No one should go through this, regardless of skin color, said the victim’s father, Marcus Arbery.

President Joe Biden comments on Arbery’s murder

US President Joe Biden also referred to the case in a statement, saying that although Wednesday’s verdict shows that the system works, “it’s not enough.” “We must re-engage in building a future based on unity and shared strength, where nobody is afraid of violence because of the color of the skin,” said the president.

The trial, which lasted for over a week, was intensively monitored every day and commented on by the American media. It took the lay judges two days and over 11 hours of deliberation to make a unanimous decision. Racial issues also aroused controversy, including the jury and comments from the defendants’ lawyer about the victim’s hygiene.

All three inmates may soon face additional charges from the federal prosecution for racial hate crimes. The trial in this case is to start in February next year.

Main photo source: Stephen B. Morton / PAP / EPA

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