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Jury reaches verdict in Ahmaud Arbery case

Ahmaud Arbery Georgia Trial
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A grand jury has reached a verdict in killing of Ahmaud Arbery.

The verdict was reached on Wednesday after several days of deliberation.

65-year-old Gregory McMichael has been found guilty of murder in the death of Arbery. He has also been indicted on three separate federal hate crime charges, including interference with rights, attempted kidnapping and using, carrying, brandishing, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

McMichael’s son 35-year-old Travis McMichael, has also been found guilty of murder.  Travis was said to have chased Arbery down and fatally shot him.

He has been charged with one count of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

53-year-old William “Roddie” Bryan was found guilty of felony murder but was acquitted on the malice murder charge. He was additionally indicted on separate federal hate crime charges, which include interference with rights and attempted kidnapping.

Arbery was shot and killed in February of 2020 as he jogged through a Georgia neighborhood.

The men claimed that they confronted Arbery after they assumed he was running through their neighborhood after committing a burglary. They then chased him down and shot and killed him in “self- defense” when he ignored their efforts to make a citizen’s arrest.

Arbery was reportedly unarmed and did he have any burglarized items on him before he was shot and killed.

The McMichael’s and their neighbor Bryan, all face maximum sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A federal trial is set to take place in February.