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All three were found guilty of the murder of Ahmaud Arbury, but only one was found guilty of “premeditated murder.”

A jury found three people guilty of Wednesday’s murder of Ahmaud Arbury, but although all of the defendants were charged with “willful murder,” only one person, Travis McMichael, was convicted of the charge.

After finding Mr. McMichael, the man who fatally shot Mr. Arbury in February 2020, guilty on this charge, 12 jurors concluded that he had deliberately intended to kill Mr. Arbury.

The jury acquitted Travis McMichael’s father, Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor William Brian, on this charge, suggesting that they did not believe that either of them intended to kill Mr. Arbury. But the jury still found both guilty of murder under Georgia’s “gross murder” statute, which allows a person to be found guilty of murder if the person causes someone else’s death while committing another felony.

Both murder with malicious intent and murder in a criminal case are punishable by the same sentence – life imprisonment – although the judge will decide whether any of the men will have parole. The jury’s acquittal of Gregory McMichael and Mr Brian on the charges of premeditated murder could influence a judge’s decision on whether to allow them to seek parole in the future, though this will be considered among many factors, experts say.

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Sarah Gerwig-Moore, a professor of law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, said that without hearing from the jurors themselves, it is difficult to understand why they only found Travis McMichael guilty of premeditated murder.

“It’s hard to read these tea leaves,” Ms. Gerwig-Moore said, adding: “Since Travis McMichael was the man who shot Ahmaud Arbury, chances are the jury could see him as the main aggressor, and that could be one way or another. it’s the difference in wine. “

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