Guilty Sentences For All Three Defendants In Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial

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All three defendants were found guilty by a jury on the second day of deliberations Wednesday in Cobb County, Georgia, for the murder of 25-year-old black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot dead while jogging in early 2020.

Travis McMichael was found guilty on all counts faced by the three defendants, including “murder of malice”, felony murder, aggravated assault and wrongful imprisonment. His father, Greg McMichael, was found not guilty of ‘murder with intent’ but found guilty on the other counts. A third man, William Bryan, was found not guilty of “malice murder” and one charge of both felony murder and aggravated assault, but was found guilty of another count of felony murder and the remaining charges.

The case arose from a confrontation that followed after the McMichaels stopped Arbery on the road in Brunswick, Georgia, apparently assuming he was a burglar. Arbery was shot in combat. Initially, there was no prosecution, until images of the murder, taken by Bryan, surfaced and sparked public outcry. The defense argued unsuccessfully that the three men were trying to carry out a lawful civilian arrest and that they had acted in self-defense by shooting Arbery.

Numerous media commentators had claimed in advance that Arbery and his family would not get justice because the jury’s racial makeup was disproportionately white, with only one black juror on the panel. After the trial, however, the Artery family’s advocates applauded the decision and thanked the jury for considering the case carefully and impartially.

Although the process became racially and politically charged, it was not initially so; Arbery family attorney Lee Merritt spoke often with Breitbart News, acknowledging that then-President Donald Trump had been instrumental in the matter.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday nights from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential election from a conservative perspective. He is winner of the Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship 2018. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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