Guilty verdicts in Arbery murder trial

Sentencing date unknown as Judge allows both sides preparation time
Ahmaud Arbery With His Mother
Ahmaud Arbery with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones

BRUNSWICK, GA- A Georgia jury found all three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery guilty on multiple counts of murder and other charges today.

Arbery was out for a jog in February of last year when three white men chased him down and killed him.

Judge Timothy Walmsley read the verdicts for each of the accused aloud. “Okay, please stand. Verdict is as follows in the superior court of Glenn county, state of Georgia. The state of Georgia vs. Travis McMichael, case number C R 0 0 0 4 3 3. Jury verdict form. Count one, malice murder. We, the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. I’m going to ask whoever just made an outburst that you removed from the court please. As this court has indicated, I asked that there’d be no outbursts in the court, and I expect as much from the gallery. Please respect the court’s desire for this as we move forward. If you feel like you need to make a comment or otherwise demonstrate with respect to the verdict, I do ask that you step out of the courtroom. Count two felony murder. We, the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count three felony murder. We, the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count four felony murder. We, the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count five felony murder. We, the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count six, aggravated assault. We, the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count seven aggravated assault. We, the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count eight false imprisonment. We, the jury find the defendant Travis McMichael guilty. Count nine criminal attempt to commit a felony. We, the jury find the defendant Travis Michael guilty. Dated this 24th day of November, 2021 signed by the fore person,” said the Judge.

McMichael now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

He’s also facing three separate federal hate crimes charges to which he has pleaded not guilty.

The other two accused, McMichael’s father Gregory and neighbor William “Roddy” Bryan Jr. were also found guilty on multiple counts.

The men each faced the same nine counts with the jury finding the elder McMichael guilty on eight charges, but not guilty of malice murder.

William Bryan Jr. was convicted on three counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

The three tried arguing they were attempting to make a citizen’s arrest of Arbery when the jogger fought back, and that his killing was in self-defense.

An argument that was rejected by the jury.

A sentencing date awaits for the three convicted, as Judge Timothy Walmsley says he wants to give both sides enough time to prepare for the sentencing hearing.