Three men guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery

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It took the jury less than two days to find three white men guilty of chasing down and murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, in Brunswick, Ga.
Three white men were found guilty of murder Wednesday in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man whose killing last year helped fuel a national debate on racial profiling and vigilantism.

Gregory McMichael, 65, his son, Travis McMichael, 35, and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan Jr., 52, chased down Arbery in their pickup trucks as he ran through their Satilla Shores subdivision near the coastal port city of Brunswick before the younger McMichael shot him dead.

The men later said that they were attempting to make a citizen's arrest and that Travis McMichael was acting in self-defense, because he fired only after Arbery, in his final moments, had lunged for him and his gun.

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The murder convictions carry a sentence of life in prison.

Theawanza Brooks, one of Arbery's aunts, sobbed and rocked back and forth in an overflow room in the courthouse as Travis McMichael was declared guilty.

As the verdict for Gregory McMichael was read, she pulled off her sweater to reveal a bright orange outfit — a self-styled prison jumpsuit — with a message emblazoned on her chest: "Justice Served!!!"

Then, with Bryan's conviction, she raised her fist to the air.

"We did it," she said. "We're an example for the world to show you don't have to riot and tear things up in order to get a good ending."

Outside the courthouse, a man shouted, "Say his name!"

"Ahmaud Arbery!" the crowd of about 150 chanted.

"We finally got justice for our boy," Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said as she came out of the courtroom. "We finally got justice."

It took jurors — 11 of them white and one Black in a county that is 27% Black — less than two days to reach their decision as a throng of family, friends, pastors and activists milled about outside the downtown courthouse.

Speaking after the verdict, civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton portrayed it as a victory against racism.

"Let the word go forth all over the world that a jury of 11 whites and…
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