Ahmaud ArberyThe death of was a murder in cold blood – this according to a jury … which has just decided the question definitively.
Travis and Gregory McMichael, as good as William ‘Roddie’ Bryan, were all convicted of murder and several other charges.
The three accused had each been charged with 9 counts – in addition to malicious murder, the McMichaels and Bryans were also charged with four counts of murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of forcible confinement and ‘one count of criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment … and now they face life imprisonment after conviction.
Gregory McMichael and Bryan were found not guilty on the charge of malicious murder. Bryan was also found not guilty on one count of murder and one charge of assault.
Ahmaud’s mother was present, Wanda, who was seated next to Reverend Al Sharpton.
The trial has been going on for a few weeks now – and the main defense – for Travis McMichael, anyway, who shot and killed Ahmaud – was that he was only acting out of self-preservation … with his defense lawyers arguing that he feared for his life.
Travis claimed he didn’t want to shoot Ahmaud, but felt he had to after they got into a fight on the road … with TM alleging that Ahmaud went to get his gun and he figured he would use it.
As for the rest of them… they all argued in court that they were just trying to make a citizen arrest – in the context where the McMichaels had previously been unofficially delegated to help local cops. The trial officers denied such an assignment of duty.
Either way, it was a tough sell for the defendants from the start … as prosecutors described what they described as a modern day lynching of a black man who the defendants said had committed a crime – then jumped into their vehicles to chase him away.
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Prosecutors say Ahmaud was just jogging around their neighborhood – however, there were footage showing him stopping at a construction site and walking through. Because of this, the McMichaels say they approached Ahmaud to ask him what he was doing there, as there had been thefts from that same property in the weeks leading up to his arrival that day.
Soon after, Ahmaud was running away… and the McMichaels continued in their truck, rounding up Bryan in the process, who followed them and filmed the deadly moment on camera.
Despite the McMichaels and Bryan’s claim, they were just trying to brake Ahmaud for questioning – the jury felt they had gone too far and crossed a line that cost him his life.
The entire trial has been marred by controversy from the start… with 11 jurors selected, all white – with the exception of one black juror. People thought this would create a bias in favor of the accused … but, clearly, it did not turn out to be the case.
Of course, there was also the issue of pastors in court – or at least what one defense attorney argued was an issue, after the Rev. Al sharpton makes an appearance in the gallery alongside the Arbery family.
The lawyer suggested the simple presence of black pastors might intimidate the jury – but the judge shot him … because that was a ridiculous theory.
Now that their fate is sealed, conviction comes next… and given the guilty verdict, many expect these men to serve the rest of their lives behind bars. They will appear before a judge in the near future.
As you might expect, the results are being hailed as justice… not just by the Arberys, but by millions of people across the country. Arbery’s murder was a flashpoint in 2020 – one of many cases that led to a larger conversation about racial fairness in the United States