Although three men were convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery, the case is far from over.
On November 24, 2021, the jury rendered an overwhelmingly guilty verdict for the three men who stood accused of Arbery’s murder. The charges were 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.
Travis McMichael was found guilty of all nine charges. His father, George McMichael, was found guilty of all charges except malice murder. William “Roddie” Bryan, who filmed the attack, was found guilty of only six charges.
Arbery, who had been out for a jog last February, was confronted by the father and son duo, who assumed that Arbery was a key suspect in several home robberies that had recently taken place in the area. They claimed they were attempting to perform a citizen’s arrest when Arbery fled. They chased him down in vehicles before fatally shooting him.
Although the guilty verdict has been rendered, attorneys for all three men say that they plan to appeal the murder convictions.
Travis’ Attorney: ‘These Men Are Sorry For What Happened’
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The attorneys for Travis, Bob Rubin and Jason Sheffield, are already planning their next move in one of the most hotly debated trials of the year.
In a recent interview with CNN, they spoke on behalf of their clients.
“I can tell you honestly, these men are sorry for what happened to Ahmaud Arbery,” Sheffield said. “They are sorry that he is dead, they are sorry for the tragedy that happened because of the choices that they made to go out there and try to stop him.”
An attorney for Bryan, Kevin Gough, added that “We believe the appellate courts will reverse this conviction.”
Gough has faced serious criticism for requesting that the judge bar Black pastors from the courtroom after Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Jesse Jackson appeared with Arbery’s family. Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley denied the motion, saying that he was not going to “single out any particular individual… as not being allowed into this courtroom.”
All three men are facing the possibility of a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Ahmaud Arbery’s Mother Speaks Out
People react outside the Glynn County Courthouse after the jury found Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan guilty in the 2020 murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, in Brunswick, Georgia. More photos of the week: https://t.co/PHP5KxOJdN 📷 @mabellog pic.twitter.com/VsAKbGsu3r
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As The Blast previously reported, Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, made a statement shortly after the conviction. In a live interview, she said:
“I just want to say thank you guys. Thank you. Thank you, each and every one of you who fought this fight with us. It’s been a long fight. It’s been a hard fight, but God is good. Early in, I never saw – tell you the truth, I never saw this day, back in 2020 – I never thought this day would come, but God is good. And I just want to tell everyone thank you for those who marched, for those who prayed, and most of all to the ones who prayed. Thank you, God. Thank you.”
She added that Arbery will be able to “rest in peace” now that justice had been served.