All Three Men Charged In Arbery Murder Convicted

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All three defendants in killing of Ahmaud Arbery found guilty of murder

By Ben Burke (Producer)

Travis McMichael, his father Greg and their neighbor William “Roddie” Brown were each found guilty on multiple counts of murder in the February 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery. The video above shows Glynn County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley reading out the verdicts.

Travis was found guilty on all of his charges, including murder with malice, the most serious one. As his verdict was read, Travis lowered his head to his chest, his attorney’s arm around him. As he stood to leave after the verdict, he mouthed “love you” to his mother in the courtroom.

Moments after the guilty murder verdicts were announced, Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr., was seen crying and hugging supporters outside the courtroom.

“He didn’t do nothing,” the father said, “but run and dream.” Meanwhile Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, thanked the crowd gathered outside the courthouse. She said she did not think she would see this day.

“It’s been a long fight. It’s been a hard fight. But God is good,” Cooper-Jones said. “And now Quez, which you know him as Ahmaud, I know him as Quez. He will now rest in peace.”

The three face minimum sentences of life in prison. It is up to the judge to decide whether that comes with or without the possibility of parole.

The verdict, delivered Wednesday afternoon, came after about 10 hours of jury deliberations. Wednesday morning, the jury asked to see the cellphone video, taken by Brown, of Travis shooting and killing Arbery. The shooting happened after the McMichaels grabbed guns and jumped in a pickup truck to pursue Arbery after seeing him running in their neighborhood. They believed he was a burglar leaving the scene of a burglary, and Travis shot him when he resisted a citizen’s arrest.

The jury asked to see two versions of the video Wednesday morning — the original and one that investigators enhanced to reduce shadows — three times apiece. They also asked to listen to one of the 911 calls that one of the defendants made from the bed of a pickup truck about 30 seconds before the shooting.

The three men, who are all white, are facing a separate hate crime trial in February. Although prosecutors didn’t argue that racism motivated Arbery’s murder, federal authorities accused the three of chasing and killing Arbery because he was black.

Timothy Walmsley, Glynn County Superior Court Judge:

“The verdict is as follows. In the Superior Court of Glynn County, state of Georgia,  the state of Georgia versus Travis McMichael, case number CR000433. Jury verdict form: Count one, malice murder. We the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. (audience reacts) I’m going to ask that whoever just made an outburst be removed from the court please.”

“Count two, felony murder. We the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count three, felony murder. We the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count four, felony murder. We the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count five, felony murder. We the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count six, aggravated assault. We the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count seven, aggravated assault. We the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count eight, false imprisonment. We the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count nine,criminal intent to commit a felony. We the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. dated this 24th day of November, 2021, signed by the foreperson.”

“As to Gregory McMichael. In the Superior Court of Glynn County, the state of Georgia vs. Greg McMichael case  number cr2000433. Jury verdict four. Count one, malice murder. We, the jury, find the defendant, Greg McMichael, not guilty. Count two, felony murder. We, the jury find the defendant, Greg McMichael, guilty. Count three felony murder. We, the jury find the defendant, Greg McMichael. Guilty count for felony murder. We, the jury, find the defendant, Greg McMichael, guilty. Count five, felony murder. We, the jury find the defendant, Greg McMichael, guilty. Count six aggravated assault. We, the jury find the defendant, Greg McMichael, guilty. Count seven, aggravated assault. We, the jury, find the defendant, Greg McMichael, guilty. Count eight false imprisonment. We, the jury find the defendant, Greg McMichael, guilty. Count nine criminal attempt to commit a felony. We, the jury, find the defendant, Greg McMichael, guilty this 24th day of November 2021, signed by the foreman.”

“As to William R. Bryan. In the Superior Court of Glen County, State of Georgia, State of Georgia vs. William R. Bryan. Case number C.R. 2000433. Jury verdict four. Count one, malice murder: We, the jury, find the defendant, William R. Bryan, not guilty. Count two, felony murder: we, the jury, find the defendant, William R. Bryan, not guilty. Count three, felony murder: we, the jury, find the defendant, William R. Bryan, guilty. Count four, felony murder: we, the jury find the defendant, William R. Bryan guilty. Count five, felony murder: we, the jury find the defendant, William R. Bryan, guilty. Count six, aggravated assault: we, the jury, find the defendant, William R. Bryan, not guilty. Count seven, aggravated assault: we, the jury, find the defendant, William R. Bryan, guilty. Count eight, false imprisonment: we, the jury find the defendant, William R. Bryan, guilty. Count nine, criminal attempt to commit a felony: we, the jury, find the defendant, William R. Bryan, guilty. Signed this 24th day of November by the foreperson. You can have a seat…”

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Travis McMichael, his father Greg and their neighbor William “Roddie” Brown were each found guilty on multiple counts of murder in the February 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery. The video above shows Glynn County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley reading out the verdicts.

Travis was found guilty on all of his charges, including murder with malice, the most serious one. As his verdict was read, Travis lowered his head to his chest, his attorney’s arm around him. As he stood to leave after the verdict, he mouthed “love you” to his mother in the courtroom.

Moments after the guilty murder verdicts were announced, Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr., was seen crying and hugging supporters outside the courtroom.

“He didn’t do nothing,” the father said, “but run and dream.” Meanwhile Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, thanked the crowd gathered outside the courthouse. She said she did not think she would see this day.

“It’s been a long fight. It’s been a hard fight. But God is good,” Cooper-Jones said. “And now Quez, which you know him as Ahmaud, I know him as Quez. He will now rest in peace.”

The three face minimum sentences of life in prison. It is up to the judge to decide whether that comes with or without the possibility of parole.

The verdict, delivered Wednesday afternoon, came after about 10 hours of jury deliberations. Wednesday morning, the jury asked to see the cellphone video, taken by Brown, of Travis shooting and killing Arbery. The shooting happened after the McMichaels grabbed guns and jumped in a pickup truck to pursue Arbery after seeing him running in their neighborhood. They believed he was a burglar leaving the scene of a burglary, and Travis shot him when he resisted a citizen’s arrest.

The jury asked to see two versions of the video Wednesday morning — the original and one that investigators enhanced to reduce shadows — three times apiece. They also asked to listen to one of the 911 calls that one of the defendants made from the bed of a pickup truck about 30 seconds before the shooting.

The three men, who are all white, are facing a separate hate crime trial in February. Although prosecutors didn’t argue that racism motivated Arbery’s murder, federal authorities accused the three of chasing and killing Arbery because he was black.

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