After an intense 10-hour jury deliberation in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial, all three defendants were found guilty by the Brunswick, Ga. jury on Wednesday afternoon.
Travis McMichael, 35, his father Greg McMichael, 65, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Ryan, 52, all of whom are white, were found guilty, according to the Associated Press, of several counts of felony murder in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, who was a 25-year-old black man at the time of his death.
However, according to Washington Post, William “Roddie” Bryan, the McMichaels’ neighbor, and Travis McMichael, the father of Greg McMichael, were acquitted of malice murder (intent to kill).
All three men face life in prison sentences, although the option for parole had not yet been confirmed by the judge.
The Arbery family attorney, Ben Crump, celebrated the verdict on social media, saying that while “nothing will bring back Ahmaud,” he hopes the family will “have some peace knowing the men who killed him will remain behind bars” and “can never inflict their brand of evil on another innocent soul.”
The controversial case was one of several that spurred racial justice protests last year across multiple cities that ultimately cost many lives and hundreds of millions in damages for many businesses.
Ahmaud Arbery’s murder was brought to light by multiple viral, graphic videos leaked online during May 2020 showing the McMichaels chasing Arbery down the street before they shot and killed him. The defendants accused Arbery of potential robbery due to break-ins that took place coincidentally around the neighborhood days prior.