The three white men on trial for killing Ahmaud Arbery have been found guilty of murder in the fatal pursuit of the unarmed Georgia jogger.
Travis McMichael, 35, his father Gregory McMichael, 65; and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, were tried together in the shooting of Arbery, 25, who they thought was fleeing a burglary as he ran through a mostly white neighborhood near Brunswick on Feb. 23, 2020.
The younger McMichael — who was the one who pulled the trigger — was the only one found guilty on the top charge of malice murder.
When that verdict was read aloud, someone in the courtroom whooped, prompting the judge to boot them from the proceeding.
His father, Gregory, was found guilty of the other eight counts.
Bryan, the neighbor who joined the pursuit and filmed video of the fatal shooting, was convicted on all charges except malice murder, felony murder with a shotgun and one count of aggravated assault.
All three men face life in prison.
The verdict comes after 10 days of testimony in which the mostly-white jury panel was shown widely seen cellphone videos taken by Bryan of the shooting.
The defense argued that the three men were trying to make a lawful citizen’s arrest against Arbery, who they believed had been burglarizing a local under-construction home when Gregory spotted him looking around inside it before running off.
Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski said the defendants wrongly “assumed the worst” about Arbery and made the decision to attack him because he was “a black man running down the street.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Jackie Salo