Story by Patty Leon and Lewis Levine
After deliberating for 11 and a half hours the jury comprised of 11 white people and one African-American found the three white men who killed Ahmaud Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020 guilty of murder.
The verdict was read at 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in Glynn County Superior Court.
Travis McMichael was found guilty in all nine counts: one count of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony.
Gregory McMichael was found not guilty of malice murder but guilty on all other charges. William Roddie Bryan was found not guilty of malice murder, one count of felony murder, and one count of aggravated assault, but found guilty on all other charges.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, representing Marcus Arbery Arbery’s father, issued the following statement in response to the guilty verdict in the trial.
"Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. After nearly two years of pain, suffering, and wondering if Ahmaud’s killers would be held to account, the Arbery family finally has some justice.” Crump said. “Nothing will bring back Ahmaud, but his family will have some peace knowing the men who killed him will remain behind bars and can never inflict their brand of evil on another innocent soul. While today is not one for celebration, it is one for reflection. This case, by all accounts, should have been opened and closed...the violent stalking and lynching of Ahmaud Arbery was documented on video for the world to witness. But yet, because of the deep cracks, flaws, and biases in our systems, we were left to wonder if we would ever see justice. Today certainly indicates progress, but we are nowhere close to the finish line. America, you raised your voices for Ahmaud. Now is not the time to let them quiet. Keep marching. Keep fighting for what is right. And never stop running for Ahmaud.”