The trial of the three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery has come to an end after nearly a month of jury selection, witness testimony, closing arguments and more. According to respected journalist Andreas Hale, Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan received the following news this afternoon:
- Travis McMichael was found guilty of all nine charges including malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.
- Gregory McMichael was found guilty on eight of nine charges, including felony murder and aggravated assault.
- William "Roddy" Bryan was found guilty on six of nine charges, including felony murder and aggravated assault.
The shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery has initiated protests, mobilized activists and even inspired documentaries. Given the high-profile nature of Arbery's death and this murder trial, it comes as no surprise that the reading of the verdict triggered a worldwide conversation on social media.
"The next step is sentencing. But, for now, the family can rest knowing that there has been some semblance of justice being served. To be clear, there is no 'happy' ending to this. Just a little relief because Ahmaud Arbery is still dead and these three murderers are still living," Andreas Hale tweeted.
"And to think without the video becoming public, and then viral, Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and Roddie Bryan would be home right now, having gotten away with murder. How many more are there?" WUSA 9's Reese Waters asked.
The legal battle for the three defendants is not over. In the first quarter of 2022, the trio will face multiple hate crime charges.
"Counts One and Two of the indictment allege that the defendants used force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race," a U.S. Department of Justice press release reads.
"Count Three alleges that all three defendants attempted to unlawfully seize and confine Arbery by chasing after him in their trucks in an attempt to restrain him, restrict his free movement, corral and detain him against his will, and prevent his escape."
In addition, former Brunswick Attorney General Jackie Johnson is set to stand trial for her handling of the February 2020 shooting. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr alleges Johnson failed “to treat Ahmaud Arbery and his family fairly and with dignity."
"Our office is committed to ensuring those who are entrusted to serve are carrying out their duties ethically and honestly,” Carr stated in September.
“While an indictment was returned today, our file is not closed, and we will continue to investigate in order to pursue justice.”
Her legal process will also extend into the new year.
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