All three defendants guilty on murder charges in Ahmaud Arbery case

Each of the men was found guilty of multiple murder counts, as well as charges of assault and false imprisonment, and all three face potential sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. All of the charges against them were found guilty of by a jury.

The fatal shooting of a Black man by several armed white men in the state of Georgia gained public notice because of the racial implications of the case. The case exploded in May 2020 when Bryan's cellphone video of the attack surfaced online and each of the three men was subsequently arrested, more than two months after Arbery was killed.

The White House press secretary refused to comment on the murder trial or the fact that President Joe Biden had watched it. The teenager from Illinois was cleared of all charges by a jury after he claimed he was defending himself when he shot two men and wounded another during a protest in Wisconsin.

Psaki referred to Biden's comments on the Arbery case made prior to the trial. The anniversary of Aubrey's death was marked by the president on his account. He characterized the attack as a lynching as a presidential candidate last year.

Biden expressed solidarity with those upset by his exoneration on all charges while maintaining juries as a bedrock of the American criminal legal system.

Biden said that the jury system works and that they have to abide by it.

The verdict holds a sense of accountability, but not true justice according to Sen. Raphael Warnock.

True justice looks like a Black man not having to worry about being harmed or killed while on a jog, while sleeping in his bed, and living a long life.

Kemp said that Arbery was the victim of a vigilantism that has no place in Georgia.

The issue of race has been the focus of the trial, even as prosecutors largely steered clear of directly referencing its potential role in the episode.

Only one black juror was selected to sit on the jury. One of the defense attorneys tried to limit the number of Black clergy in the gallery of the courtroom, but was unsuccessful, and on Monday requested a mistrial over concerns that the vociferous crowd outside the courthouse could sway the jury.

The legal ramifications of Arbery's murder are not over despite Wednesday's verdict.

The estate of Arbery has filed a federal civil rights suit over his death. A former local prosecutor was indicted in September on charges of using her office to "favor" the men connected to Arbery's death, as well as federal hate crime charges.

The jury returned guilty verdicts for the three men after just a day of deliberations. The trial began in November.

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