Travis McMichael has been found guilty on all charges for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, in February 2020. The judge is now reading the verdict against the other two defendants.
Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan were each charged with nine felony counts for the shooting death of Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was jogging in the neighborhood. Cellphone video showed them chasing Arbery and cornering him with their pickup trucks before a scuffle that ended with Travis McMichael shooting Arbery at close range with a shotgun.
The defense's case centered around the claim that the men acted lawfully under the state's citizen's arrest law — which was in effect at the time but has since been repealed — because they were suspicious he might have been involved in neighborhood burglaries. They argued they had a right of self-defense against Arbery who, one defense attorney said, "chose to fight."
The prosecution disputed that and argued that the three men had no legitimate reason to chase down and confront Arbery.
"All three of these defendants made assumptions — made assumptions about what was going on that day, and they made their decision to attack Ahmaud Arbery in their driveways because he was a Black man running down the street," lead prosecutor Linda Dunikoski told the jury.
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