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The 3 defendants convicted of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery


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The accused Travis McMichael speaks with his lawyer, Bob Rubin, as they await the return of the jury in the courtroom. Stephen B. Morton / Getty Images via Pool

BRUNSWICK, Ga (AP) – The three men charged with the death of Ahmaud Arbery were convicted of murder on Wednesday.

The jury delivered its decision after more than 10 hours of deliberation following a trial in which prosecutors argued the defendants provoked a confrontation with Arbery and defense attorneys said their clients were acting in state of self-defense.

Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael seized guns and jumped into a van to chase the 25-year-old black man after seeing him running around their neighborhood outside the port city of Brunswick in Georgia in February 2020. Their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan joined the chase in his own pickup and recorded a cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery fatally.

Arbery’s murder became part of a larger national calculation of racial injustice after the graphic video leaked online two months later. Although prosecutors did not argue that racism motivated the murder, federal authorities charged the three men with hate crimes, alleging that they hunted down and killed Arbery because he was black. The three accused are white. They are expected to be tried in February.

The men were charged with murder, aggravated assault, forcible confinement and attempted forcible confinement.

THIS IS A CURRENT UPDATE. AP’s previous story follows below.

BRUNSWICK, Ga (AP) – Jury deliberations resumed for a second day on Wednesday in the trial of the three white men accused of prosecuting and killing Ahmaud Arbery, with jurors reviewing cellphone video of the black man of 25 year old blasting himself with a shotgun on a residential street on the Georgia coast.

The jury sent a note to Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley shortly after returning to court on Wednesday morning, asking him to view two versions of the filming video – the original and the one investigators improved to reduce shadows – three times each.

The jury returned to the courtroom to view the videos and replay the 911 call one of the accused made from the bed of a van about 30 seconds before the shooting.

The disproportionately white jury weighs charges of murder and other crimes against father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan. He received the case around noon Tuesday and spent about six hours deliberating before adjourning without a verdict.

The McMichaels told police they suspected Arbery of being a runaway burglar when they armed themselves and jumped into a van to chase him on February 23, 2020. Bryan joined the chase when they drove past. his house and recorded a cellphone video of Travis McMichael blowing up Arbery at close range with a shotgun as Arbery threw punches and grabbed the gun.

During the 911 call that the jury considered, Greg McMichael told an operator, “I’m here at Satilla Shores. There’s a black man running down the street.

He then begins to scream, apparently as Arbery runs towards McMichael’s idling truck with Bryan’s truck behind him, “Stop there!” Damn it, stop! Travis! Shots can be heard seconds later.

Arbery’s murder became part of a larger national calculation of racial injustice after graphic video of his death leaked online two months later and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case. , quickly stopping the three men. Each of them is charged with murder and other crimes.

Defense attorneys argue the McMichaels were attempting to arrest a legal citizen when they left after Arbery, seeking to arrest and question him as a suspected burglar after being seen fleeing a house under construction nearby.

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