Atlanta (AP) – The murder was captured on video and shared around the world: Ahmed was running toward the arbor and then around a sluggish pickup truck before its driver fired at him at close range.
Shortly after Travis McMahon shot Arberry on February 23, 2020, his father, Greg McMahon, told police how the pair had armed themselves, followed the black man and trapped him in a “mouse-like” trap. Neighbor William “Roddy” Bryan told officers he joined the search and helped Arbury escape.
On what charges was each person convicted?
Nine-count indictment All three were charged One count of heinous murder, four counts of heinous murder, two counts of heinous assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit a crime, false imprisonment in this case.
Travis McMahon was convicted on all nine counts. Greg McMahon was convicted on all charges except manslaughter. Brian was convicted of two counts of criminal murder, one count of escalating assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempted crime.
How many prison sentences are they serving?
Hate and heinous murder charges carry a minimum life sentence in prison. The judge decides whether he will be released on parole. If parole is granted, a person convicted of murder should be sentenced to 30 years in prison before being eligible. Multiple homicide charges have been merged for the purpose of punishment.
Murder meets certain criteria, and murder can be punishable by death in Georgia if prosecutors choose to seek the death penalty. Prosecutors in this case did not.
Each count of escalating attacks carries a minimum sentence of one year in prison, but no more than 20 years. False imprisonment can range from one to 10 years in prison.
When are they punished?
That is not yet clear. Supreme Court Judge Timothy Walmsley will set the date for the sentencing.
Will there be appeals?
Appeals in this case are almost certain, said Emeritus Ron Carlson, a professor of law at the University of Georgia.
Some evidence could be excluded from a possible basis test of the appeal, he said. Defense attorneys sought to provide evidence of Arbury’s criminal record, his mental health record, and the fact that he was in probation. They also wanted expert testimony on the use of force. But the judge ordered that none of the evidence be accepted.
“They would argue that the relevant relevant evidence for the defense was excluded by the trial judge and that was an error,” Carlson said.
It is also possible that appellate lawyers may find other grounds for appeal by scouring transcripts and jury instructions, and by talking to judges.
Are there still federal fees left?
Yes McMichaels and Bryan still face federal charges.
Before all three were charged with state murder, a federal grand jury indicted them in April on charges of hate crime. This is a completely separate case which is not affected by the results of the state test.
U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbe Wood has set a timetable for the final selection in the federal trial, which begins Feb. 7. All three have been charged with interfering with civil rights and attempted abduction. McMichaels was also charged with using, carrying and branding a gun during a violent crime.
Federal indictment says the men targeted Arberry because he was black.
The report was contributed by Russ Binam, an Associated Press writer in Brunswick, Georgia. Find all AP coverage of the issue: https://apnews.com/hub/ahmaud-arbery