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White defendants found guilty in murder of Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery

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by Dave Williams | Nov 24, 2021 | Capitol Beat News Service

Gregory McMichael (left) and Travis McMichael (right) were convicted Wednesday of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. (Glynn County Sheriff’s Office)

ATLANTA – A Glynn County jury convicted three White men Wednesday of murdering Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in February of last year near Brunswick.

Greg McMichael, his son Travis and William “Roddie” Bryan were found guilty of a range of murder charges by a jury made up of 11 white and one black juror after 11 hours of deliberation.

Arbery, 25, died when the three men chased him in two pickup trucks and cut off his escape.  

Travis McMichael, who pulled the trigger, was convicted on all nine counts. While the others were not found guilty on every count, all three face possible life in prison.

The case attracted national attention and led the General Assembly this year to repeal Georgia’s antiquated citizen’s arrest law, which the defendants used in their defense.

Georgia elected officials on both sides of the aisle praised the verdict.

“The loss of Ahmaud Arbery was a tragedy that should have never occurred,” Republican state Attorney General Chris Carr said. “Today’s verdict brings us one step closer to justice, healing and reconciliation for Ahmaud’s family, the community, the state and the nation.”

“Tragically, America is still a country where a Black man is not safe going for a jog,” added U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams, D-Atlanta. “We have much more work ahead so that little Black boys like my son Carter know that their Black lives matter.

“Although nothing can bring Ahmaud Arbery back, my hope is that his family can find some solace in knowing that those who murdered Ahmaud are being held accountable.”

The two McMichaels and Bryan also have been indicted on separate federal hate crime and attempted kidnapping charges. They are due to face trial in February in the federal case.

This story is available through a news partnership with Capitol Beat News Service, a project of the Georgia Press Educational Foundation.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Although I find the defendants’ behavior in this incident appalling, I could have read this same narrative in the Augusta Chronicle, or listened to it on the likes of CNN or MSNBC. This coverage is just another example of recycled journalism from Dave Williams. The Augusta Press is better than this. Is there not an outlet in Atlanta that practices true journalism?

  2. As soon as I read the first sentence, I knew this piece was from a journalist who follows the AP style guide because “Black” was capitalized and “white” was not. Either both words describe a race and both should be capitalized, or both words should be lower-case adjectives. This PC, divisive crap from liberals and the media is out of control.

    As of July, 2021, there were over 2,000 shootings and 360 shooting deaths in Chicago, IL. It is good that Mr. Arbery and his family received justice, but only when the victim is black and the shooter is white does the national media cover the event and the trial. Black-on-black murder trials do not sell newspapers and website ads and makes the Democrats who run these violent cities look bad. Strange that the BLM crowd doesn’t protest in Chicago on a daily basis.

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