BRUNSWICK, Ga. – A jury has reached its verdict in the trial of three men accused in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery early last year.
Sheriff deputies told reporters in the courtroom that the verdict was reached on Tuesday and will be announced in the afternoon.
Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were charged with murder and other charges in the February 23, 2020 fatal shooting. The two men were arrested later. That was two months, after video of the incident on Bryan’s cell phone went viral nationwide.
The men face one count of malicious murder and four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of false imprisonment and criminal attempt to carry out the sentence. fake prisoner.
Both counts of murder carry a life sentence. Aggravated assault carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Violations are punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years. If defendants are convicted of more than one crime, they will be convicted of the most serious offence.
NS The jury is almost all white Hear the final arguments from the state and three defense attorneys Mondayand begin deliberation just before noon on Tuesday. The jury on Wednesday asked to review video of the incident on Bryan’s cell phone and listen to the 911 call one of the defendants called police that day.
Prosecutors argued that Arbery was “assaulted” by white men when he saw a Black man running in their small seaside neighborhood and jumped into a pickup truck to pursue him. . They said Arbery committed no crime and was trying to flee during the five-minute chase.
Defense attorneys for McMichaels painted a picture of residents around the crime in their neighborhood and said the father and son were trying to arrest Arbery for the police because they suspected him of being a criminal. thieves. Bryan’s attorney said he was a witness documenting the murder.
Race has been a focus of the trial from the start, with potential jurors being asked their thoughts on Black Lives Matter and the Confederate flag and a defense attorney trying to ban the characters national civil rights like Father Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson from the courtroom.
But the jury heard no evidence the murder was racially motivated in part because prosecutors did not need to prove the defendants’ actions were racially motivated.
Meanwhile, the demographic composition of the judges attract scrutiny because it doesn’t reflect Glynn County, where more than 26% of residents are Black. A black man was on a 12-member jury, and even the judge admitting “intentional discrimination” in the selection process.
Who is on the jury?12 people who will decide the fate of the men accused of Arbery’s murder