Federal jury convicts Ahmaud Arbery on racially motivated charges

McMichaels and Bryan

Months after Georgia grand jury found three 25-year-old murder men Ahmaud Arbery, the defendants’ federal partners unanimously found that their crimes were racially motivated. The jury returned a swift and resounding verdict on all charges early Tuesday morning, just hours after deliberation began late Monday afternoon.

Gunner Travis McMichaelHis father Gregory McMichael and their neighbors William “Roddie” Bryan sentenced to life in prison for killing Arbery, after murder faith in November 2021. Only one of the men, Bryan, has a chance of being pardoned for 30 years in prison, state judge identify in January.

Their federal prosecutions, running on a parallel path, seek to define a different question than whether they committed the murder. The highest charge asks the jury to find that the trio violated Arbery’s rights “because [his] race and color. ”

As they did in the state case, the men’s defense attorneys insist that they only intend to prevent what they believe to be a burglary in their Satilla Shores neighborhood. There is no indication that Arbery has committed the act, but Arbery was spotted in surveillance footage breaking into his under-construction property. Larry English, who testified that he never sent anyone to guard his house. English also indicates that people often visit and look around the site.

After seeing Arbery at the property on February 23, 2020, the men chased him with their pickups. Travis McMichael pressed and hit Arbery’s net. Defense attorneys say this happened after Arbery attempted to take his gun, and prosecutors say the 25-year-old was trying to protect himself when an armed pursuer made him We have nowhere to run.

During the Georgia murder trial, the state strategically covered up any racial motives, and the lead prosecutor later said in an interview that this was because they did not know how such an argument will reach the jury. The federal trial puts racial stereotypes at the heart of the case. Jurors heard two out of three men use the N-word and share racist memes.

Travis McMichael has been quoted saying of his workplace: “There is no facility to work with me.” Trial evidence shows that he repeatedly used racial slurs and shared memes and videos online as well. A video was included as evidence titled the country song “Alabama N****r” by a singer named Johnny Rebelthe person’s name seems to be a nod to symbol of “ordinary” Confederate soldier. Prosecutors said he also commented on a social media post by a man with a firecracker in his nose.

“It would have been nicer if it blew up the fucking head,” the gunman was quoted as saying.

Prosecutors claim the apple did not fall far from the tree: A witness said that his father Greg McMichael launched an anti-Black movement after the death of the civil rights man Julian Bonds. (His lawyer Attilio J. Balbo disputed the accuracy of the account.)

Bryan, the only member of the trio potentially pardoned, is said to have objected to his daughter dating a Black man. “She’s got a **** r now,” he said, according to trial evidence.

The men’s attorneys took turns condemning the language quoted, and Bryan James Pete Theodocion insists that its clients are “not race-obsessed.” However, prosecutors did not have to prove racial hatred, only that assumptions, indignation or anger based on race were a factor in their crimes “but because”.

Taken together, the three men face multiple charges, including interference with rights and conspiracy to kidnap; McMichaels also faces charges of using a firearm in a violent crime. The McMichaels initially tried to settle the charges without trial, suggesting they were willing to agree that their crimes were racially motivated in exchange for serving 30 years of a first sentence in federal custody. . Arbery’s family opposed the deal, believing that state guardianship would be harsher. United States District Judge Lisa G. Wood refuse terms of the agreements at the end of last month.

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