Murder of Ahmed Abery: Convicted man will face hate crime charges

American jury this week is convicted Three white men were killed for the murder of Ahmad Arbery. A black man was hunted and shot while jogging in Georgia last year. This decision was welcomed because it was Arbery’s family Brings a certain degree of justice.

On Wednesday, an 11-person jury in Brunswick, Georgia found Travis McMichael, His father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were convicted of murdering a 25-year-old man, among other charges.

“The jury thinks evidence Their eyes saw the despicability in the murderer’s heart. May this verdict bring a touch of peace to #AhmaudArbery’s family and loved ones,” said Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia governor candidate. Said On Twitter.

The three men tracked Abery through the coastal community on the coast of Satila on the outskirts of Brunswick on February 23, 2020, and killed him with a shotgun. They face life imprisonment, and the judge will decide whether there is a possibility of parole.

Although McMichaels and Bryan are expected to appeal their convictions, they still face the upcoming federal trial and they will face hate crime charges.

All three Plead Not guilty in this will be a completely separate case and will not be affected by the results of the state trial this week-the civil rights lawyer representing the Abery family said this will provide the last opportunity to resolve what he called the “crippling” lynching.

“This is based on the color of Ahmad Arbery’s skin,” Benjamin Crump said outside the Green County Superior Court in Brunswick before the verdict was pronounced on Wednesday.

Two months after the three men chased and shot Abery in a predominantly white community, a graphic video of Abery’s killing was leaked.

It sparked large-scale public protests against anti-black racism and vigilance, and called for accountability, and prompted Georgia officials to take over the case and eventually prosecute three people.

The federal indictment charged the three with hate crimes, claiming that they pursued Abery because he was black, violated his civil rights, and other charges. It did not show what evidence the prosecutor might provide to convince the jury that racism played a role.

The Abery family hopes to have evidence that Suspected of using racist language Crump said that Travis McMichael’s works will eventually be considered by the judicial system, and none of them were shown to the Green County jury.

In the pretrial motion, the state attorney told the court that they had evidence that “racial hatred” motivated the defendant. At the bail hearing, they said that 35-year-old Travis McMichael had used racial slander on social media and text messages.

At a pre-trial hearing, an investigator recounted that Bryan told him that he heard McMichael used slander when standing on Abery’s body, even though McMichael’s lawyers doubted Bryan’s reliability.

The prosecutor also decided not to show the jury the vanity license plate that young McMichael posted on his pickup truck in 2020. The license plate includes the old Georgia state flag, which prominently includes the Confederate battle flag.

In recent years, symbols, statues, and monument connected to confederation, A group of 11 southern US states, opposed the abolition of slavery in the 1860s.

After the jury made a guilty verdict on Wednesday, a man reacted outside the Green County courthouse [Octavio Jones/Reuters]

Critics say that such a monument is exhibit White supremacy, slavery, and decades of institutional racism, and supporters believe that they show the pride of southerners.

“When racial hostility is a key element of the accusation, you better believe that a federal judge will be willing to listen to evidence of racial hostility, including specific text messages,” Case Western Reserve University’s Social Justice Department Director Ayesha Bell Hardaway (Ayesha Bell) Hardaway) Institute told Reuters.

The US Department of Justice stated in a statement that the witnesses in the two cases may have some overlap, but otherwise, they are independent of each other.

The lawyer representing the three in the federal trial either refused or did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood has arranged for the jury selection in the federal trial to begin on February 7.

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