Mysterious trial that you may not have heard of in the media

While Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial and conviction dominated the headlines, the trial of the three men accused in the death of Ahmaud Arbery has largely been ignored.

The three men on trial were Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan. The jury today find them guilty in Arbery’s death.

It has been more than a year and a half since Arbery, 25, was killed near Brunswick, Georgia, and over the past three weeks, the trial of the three defendants has taken place.

On February 23, 2020, while on the run in a suburban neighborhood near Brunswick, Arbery was shot after an encounter with three men.

The murder went largely unnoticed for several months until May 5, 2020. meeting video and Arbery’s death is given, according to CNN’s timeline of events.


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According to the video and accounts of the three convicted men, they pursued Arbery through the vicinity and tried to stop him. When he resisted, Travis McMichael shot Arbery three times.

McMichaels said they think Arbery looks like a suspect who has been said to have been seen in the vicinity and that they suspect some involvement in robberies. So the McMichaels armed themselves, Gregory with a pistol and Travis with a shotgun, and chased Arbery in a pickup through the neighborhood. Bryan then joined the chase with his truck, as BBC reported.

After video of the conflict and shooting surfaced, McMichaels was arrested on May 7, 2020. A few days later, Georgia’s attorney general requested a federal investigation into the incident. Then, Bryan was arrested on May 21, 2020.

In June, all three men were charged with murder, and in July they all pleaded not guilty. Subsequently, the McMichaels were refused binding.

In April of this year, the suspects were indicted on federal hate crimes, pleaded not guilty again, in federal court, and then waited for the trial to begin.

One complication in the case is that Arbery is said to have broken the law before. Before the trial began, the presiding judge, Judge Timothy Walmsley, ruled that the defense would not be allowed to use evidence from Arbery’s past, Related press reported in September.

The judge said that evidence of Arbery’s past offenses may not be fair “lead the jury to believe that although Arbery clearly committed no felony that day, he was able to cause a crime.” future danger as he will eventually commit more of the alleged crimes, and thus the Defendant’s actions are somehow proven… The victim’s personality is neither relevant nor relevant. admissible in the murder trial. ”

Finally, in October, the selection of the jury began, and by November 3, a jury was seated. The jury consisted of 11 white jurors and one black juror, CNN reported.

Now the three men are facing nine charges each. For each charge, the three defendants are charged individually and as “participants in the commission of the crime” as New York Times reported.

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The verdict in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery has been announced

The charges are malicious murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and attempted felony.

Malice to murder is defined by Laws of Georgia as causing the death of a person intentionally. Homicide applies when a death is caused in the commission of another felony, “regardless of malice,” under state law. Serious and malicious murder both carry life sentences.

More severe attacks is defined as an attack with a deadly weapon. Wrong jail is when a person without legal authority arrests, detains or detains a person. And trying to commit a felony defined by Georgia as “any conduct that constitutes a substantial step towards the commission of such crime”.

During the trial, McMichaels’ defense argued that Travis shot Arbery in self-defense, and that McMichaels and Bryan were attempting to conduct a citizen’s arrest against Arbery because they suspected he might have eaten steal something from a house in the neighborhood. under construction, NPR reported.

However, Detective Parker Marcy of the Glynn County Sheriff’s Department testified during the trial that Gregory McMichael had told him he had never seen Arbery commit a crime, CNN reported.

The prosecutor and judge made it clear to the jury that there was also a major flaw in McMichaels’ argument that they were justified in making an arrest of a citizen.

The prosecution explained that “instant knowledge” of Arbery’s crime was a request for the arrest of a citizen. Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski said the men decided to “attack” because Arbery “was a black man running on the street,” not because he was a threat. NBC News reported.

Walmsley further clarified this point to the jury that “the uncommitted arrest of a private citizen must occur immediately after the commission of the offence, or in the case of a felony in the process of absconding”.

“If the observer fails to make an arrest immediately after committing the offence, or while escaping in the case of a felony, his power to do so will be extinguished,” says Walmsley.

Travis McMichael also took a stand during the trial and testified that he was attacked by Arbery and said he believed he was in a “life or death situation” when he shot Arbery, as KESQ-TV reported.

“I shot him… He took my gun, he attacked me, obviously… he was attacking me, that if he got the shotgun from me, it was a life-or-death situation. ,” McMichael said.

In the final argument, the prosecutor argued that the defendants did not defend themselves. Arbery was unarmed and they had no reason to arrest a citizen.

“He ran away from them for five minutes. No weapons. No threat. There is no way to call for help. Not even a cell phone on him. Run away from them for five minutes,” Dunikoski said, NPR reported.

But the defense went on to argue in their final arguments that the McMichaels were justified in trying to detain Arbery and then defend themselves against him.

“You are allowed to defend yourself. You are permitted to use force capable of causing death or serious bodily injury if you believe it is necessary,” said defense attorney Jason Sheffield. “At the time Travis believed it was necessary. This is the rule for someone in Travis’s shoes. “

Meanwhile, Bryan’s defense attorneys argue that his involvement is not related to Arbery’s death.

“Roddie Bryan’s presence is completely superfluous and has nothing to do with Ahmaud Arbery’s tragic death,” defense attorney Kevin Gough said in closing arguments.

However, the jury found all three men guilty.

CNN reported that Travis McMichael was convicted of one count of malicious murder and four counts of felony murder. He has also been indicted on three separate “federal hate crimes, including interference with rights, attempted abduction and use, carrying, swinging, and firing of a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime .” The federal trial is scheduled for February and he could face additional penalties.

Gregory McMichaels, Travis’ father, was also found guilty of felony murder. Like his son, he also faces three separate federal hate crime charges, including “interfering with rights, attempting to kidnap and using, carrying, wielding, and firing a firearm in and in connection with the crime of violence”.

In the end, William “Roddie” Bryan was found guilty of felony murder but the jury acquitted him of malicious murder. Like the McMichaels, Bryan also faces federal hate crimes charges.

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