Author: RUSS BYNUM
BRUNSWICK, Georgia (AP) – All three white men accused of Ahmaud Arbury’s death were found guilty of Wednesday’s murder in a fatal shooting as part of a larger national campaign to tackle racial injustice.
The conviction against Greg McMichael, son of Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddy” Brian, was delivered after the jury deliberated at about 10:00 am. Men face a minimum of life imprisonment. It is up to the judge to decide whether with or without parole.
The McMihals grabbed their guns and jumped into a pickup truck to chase the 25-year-old black man after they saw him running through their neighborhood outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick in February 2020. Brian joined the chase in his own pickup truck and recorded video on Travis McMichael’s cell phone killing Arbury.
Arbury’s murder after graphic video leaked online two months later. Although prosecutors did not claim racism was the cause of the killings, federal authorities charged them with hate crimes, claiming they stalked and killed Arbury because he was black. This case will go to court in February.
Shortly after returning to court on Wednesday morning, the jury sent a note to Supreme Court Justice Timothy Walmsley asking him to view two versions of the footage – the original and the one that investigators improved to reduce shadows – three times each.
The jury returned to the courtroom to watch the videotapes and again listen to an emergency call one of the defendants made from the back of a pickup truck about 30 seconds before the shooting.
A disproportionately white jury accepted the case around noon on Tuesday and spent about six hours deliberating before postponing the case without a verdict.
The McMichals told police that they suspected Arbury of fleeing the robber when they armed themselves and jumped into a pickup truck to chase him. Brian joined the pursuit as they drove past his house and recorded a video on his mobile phone of Travis McMichael shooting Arbury at close range with a shotgun as Arbury strikes and grabs his weapon.
During the 911 emergency call, which was reviewed by the jury, Greg McMichael told the operator, “I’m here in Satilla Shores. A black man is running down the street.
He then starts screaming, apparently as Arbury runs towards the idle McMichael truck, followed by Brian’s truck, “Stop! Damn, stop! Travis! »After a few seconds, shots are heard.
Two months later, graphic footage of the death was leaked on the Internet, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation began to investigate the case, quickly arresting the three men. Each of them is charged with murder and other crimes.
Defense lawyers say the McMichals tried to arrest the legal citizen when they went after Arbury, trying to detain and interrogate him as an alleged robber after he was seen fleeing a nearby home under construction.
Travis McMichael testified that he shot Arbury in self-defense, stating that the running man turned and pounded with his fists as he ran past the idle truck where Travis McMichael was standing with his shotgun.
Prosecutors said there was no evidence that Arbury committed crimes in the vicinity of the accused. He entered technical college and was preparing to study electrical engineering at the time, just like his uncle.