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Ahmaud Arbery's Killers Were Just Convicted of Murder

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Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan have been found guilty of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
Three white men who chased, cornered, and ultimately shot and killed a young Black man as he was jogging through a neighborhood in south Georgia were found guilty of murder on Wednesday, ending a trial that put a spotlight on racial profiling and the concept of a "citizen's arrest."


Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan, the Satilla Shores residents who chased 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery through their neighborhood and eventually killed him, have been convicted of murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment.

As the first verdict for Travis McMichael was read, Arbery's father, Marcus Arbery Sr., could be heard screaming out, and Judge Timothy Walmsley had him removed from the gallery in the Glynn County courtroom.

The McMichaels both stood solemnly as the verdicts were being read. Bryan frowned as his six guilty verdicts were read out loud. As he was led out of the courtroom, Travis McMichael turned to his mother, Leigh McMichael, in the gallery and mouthed "Love you," according to pool reporters.

Shortly after the verdict, an emotional Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery's mother, thanked supporters. "Thank you, thank you each and every one of you who fought this fight with us," she said. "You know him as Ahmaud. I know him as 'Quez.' He will now rest in peace."

After more than three weeks of arguments, a jury of 12 people—11 white and one Black—determined that all three men are wholly responsible for the events that led to Ahmaud Arbery's death, and that it was not an act of self-defense when Travis shot Arbery twice with a shotgun at close range, causing catastrophic injuries and killing him.


"The verdict today was a verdict based on the facts, based on the evidence," Linda Dunikoski, the state's lead prosecutor in the state, said. "And that was our goal, to bring that to that jury so they could do the right thing."

The decision comes nearly two years after Arbery's Feb. 2020 murder, along…
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