All Three White Defendants Convicted of Murder in Fatal Shooting of Black Jogger Ahmaud Arbery

A Georgia jury on Nov. 24 found all three white men guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was out jogging in their neighborhood last year.

After deliberating for 11 hours over two days, the nearly-all white jury found Travis McMichael, 35, guilty of all nine counts, including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal intent to commit a felony.

The jury found Travis’ father Gregory, 65, not guilty of malice murder but convicted him on felony murder and other charges.

The jury also did not find McMichael’s neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 53, guilty of malice murder but convicted him of felony murder and other charges.

All three men face minimum sentences of life in prison.

Judge Timothy Walmsley will decide if the life imprisonment sentence will come with or without a possibility of parole.

The verdict came 21 months after the three men pursued and killed 25-year-old Arbery, suspecting him of burglary while he was out for a jog on Feb. 23, 2020.

“The verdict today was a verdict based on the facts, based on the evidence,” lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski said at a press conference after the verdict was read.

Arbery’s mother Wanda Cooper-Jones thanked the crowd outside the courthouse.

“It’s been a long fight. It’s been a hard fight. But God is good. To tell you the truth, I never thought this day back in 2020. I never thought this day would come. But God is good,” Cooper-Jones said.

Jason Sheffield, an attorney for Travis, described the verdict as “very disappointing and sad,” adding that he plans to file an appeal.

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