A jury in the U.S. state of Georgia has convicted the three men who killed Ahmad Arbery. Sparked large-scale protests Oppose American racism and vigilance.
On Wednesday, a jury in Brunswick, Georgia ruled that 35-year-old Travis McMichael (Travis McMichael) faced all nine charges, including malicious murder, felony murder, unlawful imprisonment, and serious assault. .
His father, 65-year-old Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor, 52-year-old William “Rody” Bryan were also convicted of multiple crimes, including felony murder.
These three people-none of them pleaded guilty-are charged In February 2020, Arbery jogged through the coastal community of Satilla Shores on the outskirts of Brunswick, Georgia, chasing and shooting him.
Two months later, a video of the 25-year-old man’s murder was leaked online, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case and quickly arrested the three.
Before the verdict on Wednesday, the jurors asked to re-watch the video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery’s pump-action shotgun at close range recorded by Bryan on his mobile phone. The video became some of the most important evidence provided during the trial.
The young McMichael was the only defendant to testify in court. He said he shot Abery in self-defense.
The jury also asked to hear again Greg McMichael’s 911 call a few minutes before the shooting. He told the emergency operator “there is a black man on the street” and could hear repeated yelling at Abery. Called, asked to stop.
They said the shooting happened after the defendant jumped into their pickup truck and chased Arbery to detain him, they said, because they believed he might be responsible for property crimes that marginalized the community.
There is no evidence that Abery stole anything while crossing the coast of Satilla frequently. He had nothing in his pocket when he was killed, not even a cell phone or a wallet.
Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi reported outside the court that the jury only Approximately 12 hours of deliberation.
He said the verdict brought “a mix of relief, surprise and joy” to Abery’s family and supporters, but emphasized that the three were only charged after the killing video appeared.
“As always, we must remind ourselves that when Abre was initially killed and the police arrived, they accepted the stories of these people,” Ratansi said.
“Only when the mobile phone video appeared, things changed and accusations were made against these people. How many times have there been no phone cameras? There is a mixture of relief, surprise and joy. But there is also this realism.”
‘have not seen you for a long time’
In the courtroom on Wednesday, when the judge was about to read the verdict, Abery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, looked up and seemed to be praying silently. When the first guilty verdict was read aloud, she sobbed: “Oh!”
When she was crying, her head was buried on her chest, and the famous American civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton took her hand. Marcus Arbery, Arbery’s father, jumped up and cheered. The sheriff’s deputy came and told him that he had to leave.
“It’s been a long time,” Marcus Abery said, and then left.
The verdict is coming A few days after setting up an independent jury in Wisconsin Acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse is charged with all charges related to the fatal shooting of racial justice protesters in Kenosha last year.
Rittenhouse, who claimed to be defending himself, killed two demonstrators and wounded a third.
Both trials highlighted the differences among Americans on guns, racism, and vigilance.
Prior to Wednesday’s judgment, High Court Judge Timothy Walmsley had issued instructions to a jury of 11 white men and women and one black man regarding the law governing the case, including The invalid citizen arrest law is the core of the defense.
Walmsley told the jurors that someone can only arrest the citizen if the crime occurred “in his presence or within his direct knowledge.”
Before the jury made its verdict, American civil rights activists, including Sharpton, joined Abery’s family to vigil in prayer.
At this #grateful During the holidays, I want you to look at your table, think about the empty seats on Wanda Cooper and Marcus Arbery, and then really ask if this seat should be empty.Remember the Abery family and many others who like them during this holiday pic.twitter.com/Ufk6TUw6Ti
-Pastor Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) November 24, 2021