Ahmed ArberryHis death was a cold-blooded murder – which, according to the jury … he decided the issue was decisive.
Travis And Gregory McMichael, As well William ‘Roddy’ Brian, All were found guilty of just murder and other charges.
All three were indicted on 9 counts each – in addition to malicious murder, McMichaels and Brian were convicted of four felony murder counts, two aggravated assault counts, one false imprisonment count and one felony count. Make false imprisonment … and now, he faces a life sentence in prison.
Gregory McMichael and Brian are not guilty of malicious murder. Brian was found not guilty on felony murder charges and felony assault charges.
Those in attendance were Ahmed’s mother, Wanda, Rev. Al Sharpton was sitting next to him.
The trial for Travis McMichael has been going on for a couple of weeks now – and the main defense Ahmed was shot dead – He was just acting in self-defense … his defense lawyer argued he feared for his life.
Travis claims he did not want to shoot Ahmad, but after he had a fight on the road he thought he should do it … TM alleged that Ahmed went for his gun and that he thought he should use it.
As for the rest … they all argued that they were just trying to arrest civilians in court – the McMichaels had previously been informally assigned to help local police. At the hearing, the officers denied any such duty.
In any case, this was a tough sell for the defendants from the beginning … Prosecutors believed the accused had committed what they described as a modern-day murder of a black man – and then jumped into their vehicles. Drive him away.
Prosecutors say Ahmed was simply jogging in his neighborhood – however, there are scenes that show him walking off the construction site. Because of this, McMichales says he approached Ahmed to ask him what he was doing there – that the theft had taken place on the same property in the weeks preceding his arrival.
Shortly before, Ahmed fled … and McMichael chased him in his truck, in the process surrounded Brian, who chased after him and shot a deadly moment on camera.
Despite McMichaels and Brian’s assertion that they are trying to prosecute Ahmed – the jury thought he had gone too far and crossed the line to lose his life.
The entire trial has been contentious since the beginning … 11 judges have been elected, all of whom were white – save one black judge. People thought it would create bias in favor of the defendants … but, frankly, that wasn’t true.
Of course, there was also the issue of clergy in court – or at least that was what a defense lawyer argued, after Reverend Al Sharpton Arberry appeared in the gallery along with the family.
The lawyers just suggested Presence of black clergy The jury could be intimidated – but the jury fired him … it was a ridiculous theory.
Now that their fate is sealed, the punishment will come … and considering the guilty verdict, many expect these men to spend the rest of their lives behind bars. He will appear before a judge in the following days.
As you’d expect, the results are being praised as fair… not just by the Arberies, but by millions across the country. The Arberry assassination was a flashpoint in 2020 – one of several cases that caused a big conversation about racial equity in the US