All 3 Defendants Guilty of Murder in Arbery Case

They face minimum sentence of life in prison
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2021 12:54 PM CST
Updated Nov 24, 2021 1:13 PM CST
3 Guilty Verdicts Delivered in Arbery Case
Travis McMichael listens to attorneys question a pool of prospective jurors during jury selection for the trial at the Glynn County Courthouse, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga.   (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, Pool, File)

(Newser) – After more than 10 hours of deliberations over two days, the jury has delivered its verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery case. Greg McMichael, 65 and his son Travis McMichael, 35, have been found guilty of murder in the 25-year-old Black man's death, the New York Times reports. The McMichaels grabbed guns and chased Arbery in a pickup truck after they saw him running through their neighborhood near Brunswick, Georgia last year. William "Roddie" Bryan Jr., a neighbor who joined the chase in his truck and recorded video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery, was also found guilty of murder.

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Travis McMichael was found guilty on all nine counts, including felony murder and malice murder. His father was found guilty of felony murder and all other counts except malice murder. Bryan, 52, was also found guilty of felony murder but not malice murder. All three men will face minimum sentences of life in prison and it will be up to the judge the AP reports. After the verdicts were read, a crowd outside the courthouse chanted "Ahmaud Arbery!" All three defendants are white and after footage of the shooting emerged, the case helped stoke racial injustice protests. The McMichaels weren't arrested until 74 days after Arbery was shot. The three men will also face federal hate crime trials next year, which could lead to additional life sentences. (Read more Ahmaud Arbery stories.)

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