Rich McKay and Jonathan Allen | Reuters
Travis McMichael was found guilty on all nine counts. His father, Gregory McMichael, was also found guilty on all counts. William Brian was also found guilty of murder.
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BRUNSWICK, Georgia. A Georgia jury handed down a verdict on Wednesday in the case of three white men charged with murder for chasing and shooting a black man named Ahmaud Arbury as he fled their neighborhood.
The jury, on the second day of the debate, earlier that day asked for the video of 25-year-old Arbury being shot and killed three times on a mobile phone. The jury later delivered a verdict, the deputy sheriff said.
Travis McMichael, 35, his father Gregory McMichael, 65, and their neighbor William “Roddy” Brian, 52, pleaded not guilty to charges including murder, aggravated assault and false jail time for murder in the Satilla Shores area near the coastal town. Brunswick February 23, 2020
Brian’s mobile video of Travis McMichael firing a pump-action shotgun at close range in Arbury was the most important evidence of the prosecution in court. Junior McMichael, the only defendant to appear as a witness, said he fired a shotgun at Arbury in self-defense.
The jury also asked to hear again the emergency call made by Greg McMichael a few minutes before the shooting, in which he told the emergency operator that “there is a black man running down the street” and can be heard constantly shouting at Arbury to has stopped.
The jury, made up of 11 white men and women and one black, deliberated for more than six hours on Tuesday without reaching a verdict as the jury weighed the testimony of more than two dozen witnesses called in a trial that lasted more than two weeks.
The jury headed to the conference room at about 8:35 am ET Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving in the United States. A little over an hour later, they entered the courtroom to watch a video that was played three times in a row, as well as a high-contrast version of the video prosecutors presented during their case.
Outside the courthouse, human rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton joined Arbury’s family in prayer.
Defense attorneys cited a Georgia law that permits anyone to arrest as a citizen persons they reasonably suspect are fleeing a serious crime they have committed. The law was repealed after the murder of Arbury.
According to them, the shooting occurred after the defendants jumped into their pickup trucks and chased Arbury to detain him, as they believed he might be responsible for property crimes that were keeping the area under pressure.
No evidence has been found that Arbury, an avid runner, ever stole anything during his frequent runs in the Satilla Shores. He was killed with nothing in his pockets, even with a cell phone or wallet.
Supreme Court Justice Timothy Walmsley instructed the jury ahead of Tuesday’s hearing that someone can only arrest a citizen if the crime has occurred “in his presence or within his immediate knowledge,” or if there is a reasonable suspicion that the person has committed a serious criminal offense. and runs away from the crime.
Firearms rights and gun violence remain contentious issues in the United States. A jury in Wisconsin last week acquitted a teenager who fatally shot two men during racial justice protests in 2020. In trials in Georgia and Wisconsin, defendants declared self-defense in a fatal shooting.