- Advertisement -spot_img
Friday, December 3, 2021

Convictions greeted with relief and joy in Georgia and abroad

Eliott S. McLaughlin, Devon M. Sayers, Alta Spells and Travis Caldwell | CNN

On Wednesday, a jury found three white men guilty of the murder of Ahmaud Arbury, a 25-year-old black man, on multiple counts of murder and other charges.

The verdict, handed down by nine white men, two white women and one black, was delivered after more than 11 hours of deliberation over two days. This followed eight days of testimony with 23 witnesses.

Arbury’s parents showed up alongside civil rights activists outside the courthouse following the verdict. They praised the prosecution and supporters who joined the family in their fight for justice for their son, whose murder sparked national outrage and helped bring attention to other racially motivated crimes across the country.

The defendants faced the same nine counts and the sentences were as follows:

Travis McMichaelwho shot Arbury is guilty on all counts: premeditated murder, four counts of felony, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and felony attempted felony;

• His father, Gregory McMichael, who rode a gun in the back of a pickup truck when his son chased Arbury, is not guilty of premeditated murder, but is guilty of the other eight counts.

• And William “Roddy” Brian Jr., a neighbor who joined the chase and filmed Arbury’s final moments, is guilty of three counts of murder, one count of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempted felony. Brian was acquitted of murder, aggravated homicide and aggravated assault with a firearm.

Represented by Reverend Al Sharpton and civil rights lawyers S. Lee Merritt and Ben Crump, Arbury’s parents, Wanda Cooper-Jones and Marcus Arbury, thanked the crowd heartily. According to Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud Arbury can now rest in peace.

“I just want to thank you guys,” she said. “It was a long fight. It was a hard fight, but God is good. … I never thought that this day would come, but God is kind, and I just want to say thank you to everyone, thank you for those who walked, for those who prayed. “

Marcus Arbury added: “I want to give all the glory to God because he made it all possible. … More than one side did it. God brought us all together to make this happen. “

Sharpton said a prayer with the crowd and proclaimed with his trademark fervor: “Let the rumor spread around the world that a jury of 11 whites and one black in the Deep South stood in the courtroom and said,“ Black lives matter. … ‘

“Let it be clear that almost 10 years after Trayvon (Martin), God used the son of Wanda and Marcus to prove that if we keep going and keep fighting, we will make you hear us. There are still many battles ahead of us, but today it was an important battle. “

Defense attorneys indicate they will appeal

The sentencing date for McMichels and Brian is unclear. The prosecutor’s office indicated that they would seek life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

After the verdict, Laura Hogue, Gregory McMichael’s lawyer, told her client’s crying wife that she was “beaten with a capital letter” and planned to appeal the case after the verdict was passed.

Robert Rubin, who represented Travis McMichael, said he also plans to appeal. He described his client as stoic and said he was holding back his reaction to the verdict. Assistant attorney Jason Sheffield insisted that the McMichels thought they did the right thing that day and said he was disappointed and saddened by the outcome.

“We also understand that this is a day of celebration for the Arbury family,” Sheffield said. “We can’t take our eyes off what they think about this, and we understand how they feel they have achieved justice today. We respect that. We respect that because we respect this jury system. “

McMichels and Brian have been charged with federal hate crimes and are expected to stand trial in February on charges of human rights violations and attempted kidnapping. Each of the McMichals is charged with additional charges of using, carrying, waving, and discharging a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime. The men pleaded not guilty.

Arbury’s mother filed civil suits against Mc Michaels, Brian, police and prosecutors.

McMickels and Brian were arrested last year a few weeks after the Arbury shooting in the Satilla Shores area outside Brunswick, Georgia on February 23, 2020.

The men said they believed Arbury had committed a crime. Evidence presented in court showed that the men chased Arbury through the streets as he repeatedly tried to elude them. The armed McMichals were in the same car, and Brian, who had joined them in the chase, followed them in his truck, helping and recording the chase. Arbury was unarmed and walked on foot.

Read Also:  Jury indicted for Ahmaud Arbury's death in white men's case

Video of the murder showed Travis McMichael stepped out of his truck and collided with Arbury before fatally shooting him as the two fought. McMichael’s father watched from the back of a truck.

The men pleaded not guilty, the McMichells claimed to have arrested a citizen and acted in self-defense, and Brian said he was not involved in the murder.

Arbury was jogging – a common pastime according to those who knew him – when the MacMichels grabbed their pistols and chased after him. Gregory McMichael, a former police officer and former district attorney’s investigator, told authorities that Arbury and his son were fighting over his son’s shotgun, and Travis shot Arbury after he was attacked, according to a police report.

At the booth, Travis McMichael reiterated his father’s claim that he acted in self-defense after Arbury grabbed his shotgun. During cross-examination by prosecutor Travis McMichael admitted that he told investigators that he didn’t know if Arbury had grabbed the gun and that neither he nor his father had mentioned the arrest of the citizen to the police. His father and Brian refused to testify.

Travis McMichael said he was “scattered”, injured and “entangled” within hours of the shooting, offering an explanation for his inconsistencies.

Two prosecutors initially instructed Glynn County police not to make any arrests in the case, but about two months after the shooting, Brian’s video of the murder was released to the public, sparking protests across the country.

Part of the national protest

The McMichels were arrested on May 7, 2020, and Brian was taken into custody two weeks later. The case soon coincided with the murders of three blacks – Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, George Floyd in Minneapolis and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta – further fueling concerns about racial injustice and civil unrest across the country.

Father and son believed Arbury was responsible for a series of recent burglaries in the area, Sr. McMichael told police, but Glynn County police said there was only one robbery reported about two months before the shooting. In this incident, a pistol was stolen from an unlocked car at McMickels’ home.

Gregory McMichael also suspected that Arbury was in a home under construction, he said, but the home owner told CNN that he had security cameras and did not see Arbury committing any crime. He did not ask McMichaels to take any action on his behalf, as he testified in his testimony.

Travis McMichael also admitted that he never saw Arbury armed and never heard Arbury threaten him. Rather, as Travis McMichael showed, Arbury refused to answer him and showed no interest in the conversation.

A state investigator testified during a preliminary hearing last year that Brian and Travis McMichael used racial slurs on social media and messaging services, and that Brian told police that he heard Travis McMichael use racial epithet after Arbury’s murder. Evidence of insults to the jury was never presented.

“I believe that Mr. Arbury was pursued and he ran until he could no longer run, and that was turning his back on the man with the shotgun, or fighting with his bare hands with the man with the shotgun. He chose to fight, “Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Richard Dial said at a likely cause hearing in June 2020.

During his closing arguments, Hogue made remarks that lawyers believe fueled the racial tensions already evident in the case. She called Arbury a “recurring night intruder” and hinted that he had nefarious intentions when he arrived “wearing khaki shorts without socks to cover up his long, dirty toenails.”

The composition of the jury was a source of controversy

A key complaint from prosecutors and the Arbury family was the presence of only one black jury, as the population of Glynn County is about 69% white and 27% black.

A 12-member jury and three alternates were selected after a lengthy jury selection process that lasted two and a half weeks and involved calling 1,000 potential jurors from the coastal South Georgia community. Less than half of those called were.

The composition of the jury was contested by the state upon completion of the jury selection process. Dunikoski argued that defense lawyers disproportionately hit the skilled black jury and based some of their strikes on race.

Judge Timothy Walmsley said, “This court found that there was willful discrimination,” but ruled that the case could go to the chosen jury because the defense was able to provide compelling reasons, beyond race, why other black jurors were dismissed.

Defense attorneys also disagreed with the fact that there are fewer older white males with no college degrees on the jury, arguing that demographics are underrepresented.

World Nation News Deskhttps://www.worldnationnews.com
World Nation News is a digital news portal website. Which provides important and latest breaking news updates to our audience in an effective and efficient ways, like world’s top stories, entertainment, sports, technology and much more news.
Latest news
Related news
- Advertisement -

Leave a Reply