Guilty verdicts in trial over Ahmaud Arbery's murder were an answer to prayers, family says. Here's what comes next
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The family of Ahmaud Arbery reacted with joy and relief Wednesday after three White men were found guilty of charges relating to the 25-year-old Black man's murder following a trial seeped in issues such as race and the rights and limitations of self-defense.

As the first verdict was being read, Marcus Arbery Sr., Arbery's father, "leapt up and cheered," according to a pool reporter in the room.

"I never saw this day back in 2020, I never thought this day would come," said Ahmaud Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones , as she stood just outside the courthouse doors following the verdicts.

She thanked God and all the people who marched and prayed for her family.

"Quez, which you know him as Ahmaud, I know him as Quez. He will now rest in peace," his mother said to the crowd of people gathered, who had celebrated upon hearing the news.

"The verdict today was a verdict based on the facts, based on the evidence and that was our goal, was to bring that to that jury so that they could do the right thing," said prosecutor Linda Dunikoski, adding, "the jury system works in this country."

Now, questions over the sentencing, appeals process and additional federal charges for Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. must be answered.

Trio face possibility of life in prison

Judge Timothy Walmsley has yet to set a sentencing date for the three convicted men.

The jury on Wednesday found Travis McMichael guilty of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony in Arbery's death on February 23, 2020, just outside Brunswick, Georgia.

His father, Gregory McMichael, was acquitted only on a malice murder charge and was found guilty of the other charges faced by him and his son.

Bryan was found guilty of three counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony. He was acquitted of malice murder, one count of felony murder, and one count of aggravated assault.

The men now face a sentence of up to life in prison without the possibility of parole on each of the murder charges, 20 years on each…
Devon M. Sayers, Alta Spells and Travis Caldwell, CNN
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