The three defendants were convicted by a jury on the second day of deliberations Wednesday in Cobb County, Ga., During the trial for the murder of 25-year-old black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot while riding jogging in early 2020.
Travis McMichael was convicted of all charges against the three accused, including “malicious murder”, felony murder, aggravated assault and wrongful imprisonment. Her father, Greg McMichael, was found not guilty of “malicious murder” but guilty of the other counts. A third man, William Bryan, was found not guilty of “malicious murder” and one count of murder and aggravated assault, but was convicted of another count of murder and the other counts. charge.
The case stems from a confrontation that ensued after the McMichaels arrested Arbery in Brunswick, Ga., On the road, apparently believing him to be a burglar. Arbery was shot in the fight. There was no prosecution, initially, until footage of the murder, taken by Bryan, surfaced and aroused public outrage. The defense argued, to no avail, that the three men were attempting to make a lawful arrest of citizens and that they had acted in self-defense by shooting Arbery.
Many media commentators had claimed in advance that Arbery and his family would not receive justice because the racial makeup of the jury was disproportionately white, with only one black juror on the panel. However, after the trial, advocates for the Artery family welcomed the decision and thanked the jury for considering the case with care and fairness.
Although the trial became racist and politically charged, it initially did not; Arbery family attorney Lee Merritt spoke frequently to Breitbart News and acknowledged that then President Donald Trump had been helpful in the case.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent eBook Ni Free ni Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni scholarship recipient. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.