A jury on Wednesday found all three suspects, who are white, guilty in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was chased and shot while on the run in February 2020.
big picture: Prosecutors took the case forward after a video of the murder went viral in May 2020, sparking national outrage. The case predates the murder of George Floyd, but Arbery’s name, along with Floyd and Breonna Taylor, was at the center of last year’s nationwide racial justice protests.
- It took the jury about 11 hours to deliver the verdict.
Arbery was shot and killed by Travis McMichael Outside Brunswick, Ga McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, as well as their neighbor, William “Roddy” Bryan, all white men, chased a running Arbery in their vehicles, leading to a conflict, and the younger McMichael killed Arbery. killed.
- Arbery’s family said he was out for regular walks.
defense lawyer argued that the McMichaels pursued Arbery because they suspected him of a string of burglaries in the neighborhood and attempted to make a “citizen arrest”. civil arrest law was largely cancelled In the name of Arbery in May.
- Leading defense witness Travis McMichael testified that he and his father were trying to stop Arbery while they waited for police to arrive.
- McMichael said the murder was a case of self-defense. He called it a “life or death situation” and said that Arbery ,was attacking me.”
- A lawyer for William Bryan said his client, who took the viral video, was only there to “document” the incident and was “unnecessary” for the crime.
Prosecutor Linda Dunnikowski said that there was no evidence that Arbery had actually committed the theft and that the men “attacked” Arbery based on “assumptions”.
- “They decided to attack Ahmaud Arbery in his driveway because he was a black man running down their street,” Dunnikowski said.
- “The bottom line is, but for his actions, but for his decisions, but for his choices, Ahmed Arbery will live on,” she said.
- “What right did he have to stop Ahmed Arbery? What right did he have to go ahead and demand a fellow citizen stop and talk to him?” He asked the jury in his closing. “none whatsoever.”
- Danikowski also argued to Brian, who had previously told police that he tried to “angle” Arbery from the road in his truck, “played a substantial and necessary role in the cause”. [Arbery’s] Death.”
jury makeup, which included one black and 11 white members, sparked outrage. more than one Glynn County Residents Quarter are black.
- The presiding judge at the trial ruled that testimony from a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent that William Bryan heard Travis McMichael use racial slurs about Arbery as he was dying cannot be included as evidence. Was.
- The judge also ruled that an earlier version of the Confederate flag on the front of Travis McMichaels’ pickup truck could be used as evidence, but lawyers opted not to bring it.
- a federal judge scheduled The trial of which is to start from February.
test played extensively At the same time as Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisc.
- A jury last week found Rittenhouse not guilty on all five counts in the fatal shootings of two men during a racial justice protest last year.