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Convicted of murder and multiple charges.
After two days of deliberations, the arbitral tribunal read out the unanimous verdict of three men accused of killing a young black man who was playing sports in a small town in Georgia last year.
Ahmed Arberry, 25, approached him while jogging in a Brunswick residential area. Travis McMichael, His father, Gregory, And two neighbors, William Bryan.
Arbery was shot and killed after a confrontation recorded on a viral video.
All three are convicted on multiple charges and one face Possible life sentence. They all denied the allegations and said they acted in self-defense.
Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, went to the inquest every day, waiting for those responsible for her son’s death to pay for their actions.
When the verdict was announced the emotional woman said: “Thank you. To each of you who fought with us.”
Cooper-Jones admits he never thought this day would come, especially last year.
“It’s a long fight, it’s a tough fight, but God is good.”
The case caused a great deal of controversy in the United States following the release of footage of the crime.
“The assassination of Ahmed Arbery, whom the world saw in the video, is a devastating reminder of how far we have to go in the struggle for racial justice in this country,” said US President Joe Biden in his first reaction to the defeat.
“Arbury should be here today to celebrate the holidays with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, and his father, Marcus Arbury. Nothing can return Arbury to his family and his community, but This verdict confirms that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be punishedThe President said.
All three defendants quietly listened to the verdict, which was read in Cline County in a Georgia court. When asked if he wanted to talk in the room, all three refused.
The defense asked that the judges ask individually whether the verdict was correct. The nine women and three men on the jury each confirmed that it was.
Travis was found guilty of all charges, including McMichael Planned murder.
His father, Greg McMichael, is not guilty of premeditated murder, but of eight other charges.
His neighbor William Bryan was convicted of murder, aggravated assault, unlawful detention and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
McMichalls will appeal the verdict
Jason Sheffield, one of Travis McMichael’s lawyers, told reporters outside the court that it was a “very, very sad verdict” for the three and their defense.
Sheffield said both McMichaels were “honest believers that what they were doing was right.”
“However, the Glynn County Arbitration Court found them guilty and sentenced them.”
Lawyer Robert Rubin said of Greg McMichael that he was “Stoic” when the verdict was read.
“No case is a referendum on the criminal justice system in the United States,” Rubin added, adding that prosecutors are “applauding” the debate on racial justice unleashed with this case.
Both announced they would appeal the verdict, but They praised the Arbery family, the judge and the arbitral tribunal.
Kevin Coff, William Bryan’s lawyer, said The New York Times: “Even if we do not accept the verdict, we must respect it.”
Death of Arberry
Ahmed Arbury was driving in a residential area in the coastal city of Brunswick when three men approached him in the afternoon on February 23, 2020.
In an initial police statement, Gregory McMichael – a former police officer – was identified as Arbery and He thought he looked like a suspect In a series of house robberies.
He and his son took up arms and decided to chase him in a truck.
In the statement, McMichael said he and his son had stopped because they wanted to talk to Arbery and that the young racer had hit his son. As always according to this version, there were shots and Arberry fell.
Arbery’s mother explained that police first told her that her son had been involved in a robbery before the incident, to which the family responded, not believing the cheerleader had committed the crime, and that he too was unarmed.
Pictures recorded by William Bryan showed McMichaels waiting for Arberic to run to where they were.
The 36-second video was shot from the back of a truck involved in the incident.
You can see in the pictures what a man is doing Jogging Approaching the truck from behind.
The runner tries to avoid the vehicle He can be seen fighting with a man with a gun. Screams and gunshots are heard.
A second person stands in the back of the truck. This second man with the gun appears next to the other man, and Arberry is no longer seen in the picture.
Now the dissemination of the video is important for the perpetrators to be prosecuted.
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