Rose Bynum Author
Brunswick, Georgia (Associated Press). Jurors have found that three white men were convicted of murdering Ahmed Abery. The attack led to the death of Ahmed Abery, a black man. The shooting, which became part of the racial injustice of the larger country’s liquidation.
After jurors deliberated about 10 hours, Greg McMichael was convicted, as was Travis McMichael’s son. William “Roddie”, Bryan was convicted. These individuals will be sentenced to a minimum of one year in prison. The judge will decide if parole is possible.
Travis McMichael was in support of the verdict. His lawyer placed his arm around McMichael’s shoulder. McMichael dropped his head once and leaned against his chest. McMichael lowered his head against his chest after reading the verdict. He then stood up and told his mother “love you” in court.
Marcus Arbery Sr., Arbery’s dad, was seen hugging supporters and crying outside the courtroom shortly after the verdict was announced.
His father said that he didn’t do anything, but he did run and dream.
Abery’s father’s lawyer, Ben Kremp, spoke outside the courthouse, repeatedly saying: “Ahmed’s spirit defeated the lynching mob.”
Wanda Cooper-Jones was Arbery’s mom. She expressed her gratitude to the people outside the courthouse. She said that she didn’t think she would see it again.
“This is a long fight. It is a difficult battle. But God is good,” she stated. Her son was her inspiration. She said that he will now rest in peace.
McMichael saw him running out of Brunswick, Georgia’s port city, and so he and his wife grabbed a gun and got into a pickup truck in order to chase him. Brian joined the hunt using his pickup truck and captured a mobile video about Travis McMichael’s shooting at Abery.
The graphic video was then posted online two months later. Although the prosecutors didn’t argue that racism was the reason for the murder, federal authorities charged them both with hate crimes. They claimed that Abery was black and they were following him because of that. The case will be tried in February.
Shortly after returning to court Wednesday morning, the jury wrote Timothy Walmsley a request to see two versions of the filming video – the original and the investigator enhancement to reduce Shadowed copies – three times each.
The jurors returned back to court to review the video and listen again to the 911 call. The shooting began about 30 seconds earlier when one of the defendants called 911 from the bed in a pickup truck.