Ahmaud Arbery Suspects Found Guilty of Murder in Shooting Death

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A jury decided that Ahmaud Arbery's death was a cold-blooded murder.

The McMichaels, Bryan and others were all found guilty of murder and other charges.

The McMichaels and Bryan were indicted on nine counts each, including malice murder, as well as four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

February 2020

The two men were found not guilty of malice murder. Bryan was found not guilty of one of the murder charges.

Wanda was seated next to Al Sharpton.

The trial for the man who shot and killed Ahmaud has been going on for a couple weeks now, and the main defense for him was that he was only acting in self-preservation.

After they got into a fight on the road, he felt he had to shoot Ahmaud because he thought he'd use his gun.


The McMichaels had previously been informally deputized to help out the local cops, so they all said they were just trying to make a citizen's arrest. In the trial, officers denied any such duty giving.

It was a hard sell for the defendants from the beginning, as prosecutors described a modern-day lynching of a Black man the defendants believed had committed a crime.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Prosecutors say Ahmaud was jogging through their neighborhood, but there was video showing him at a construction site. The McMichaels said they approached Ahmaud to ask what he was doing there, as there had been thefts at that property in the weeks leading up to his arrival.

The McMichaels gave chase in their truck, rounding up Bryan in the process, who was filmed on camera.

Bryan and the McMichaels said they were trying to rein Ahmaud in for questioning, but the jury felt they went too far.

The trial has been marred with controversy from the beginning, with 11 jurors being selected, all of whom were white. People thought that would make them favor the defendants, but that wasn't the case.


Reverend Al Sharpton made an appearance in the gallery with the Arbery family, and the issue of pastors in court was an issue.

The judge shot down the attorney's idea that the presence of Black pastors could intimidate the jury.

Now that their fates are sealed, sentencing is the next step and many expect these men to serve out the rest of their lives behind bars. They will appear before a judge.

The results are being hailed as justice, not just by the Arberys, but by millions of people around the country. The Arbery killing was one of several cases that led to a larger conversation about racial equity in the U.S.


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