The jury in the trial of the deadly shooting of Ahmaud Arbery on Wednesday found all three defendants guilty of murder and several other charges. Shortly after the verdict was read, defense attorneys announced plans to appeal.
Attorneys for Gregory McMichael were the first to publicly declare that they would appeal the decision. Later, a lawyer for Travis McMichael also announced that he would do the same.
Franklin and Laura Hogue, who defended Gregory McMichael, announced they would appeal soon after the verdicts were announced, but they won’t be able to begin the trial until the conviction is handed down.
Laura Hogue said she was “very disappointed” with the outcome of the trial.
Travis McMichael, who shot and killed Arbery, was found guilty of all nine charges against him. His father, Gregory, was found guilty of all but one of the charges: murder with intent. The third defendant, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., was convicted on six of the nine charges he faced.
All three men face life in prison if convicted.
Jason Sheffield, a lawyer for Travis McMichael, also told reporters he plans to appeal the jury’s conviction.
“This is a very difficult day for Travis McMichael and Greg McMichael,” Sheffield told reporters outside the courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia. “These are two men who sincerely believed that what they were doing was the right thing to do. But a Glynn County jury has spoken. They have found them guilty. They will be convicted.”
Olga Izmaylova, a criminal lawyer from Georgia, indicated that news week that she believed the jury had likely made a decision early in the trial. She also believed that the defense will have a hard time getting the decision overturned on appeal.
“In this case, it is likely that most jurors tended to convict shortly after they began deliberations, which just means they were convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendants were guilty and that the jurors believed nothing of the facts. ” explanation that the defense gave, so their deliberations did not last very long,” Izmaylova said.
“Although self-defense is a legal defense in Georgia, the factual circumstances in this case do not amount to self-defense,” Izmaylova added. “And the defense has provided no other reasonable explanation for Mr. Arbery’s murder. On those grounds, I believe the jury has reached a legally correct verdict, which most likely will not be overturned on appeal.”