At first, the shooting in February 2020 received little attention. Then, however, Ahmaud Arbery’s death rapidly went viral as video of the incident leaked online two months later, prompting Gov. Brian Kemp to request that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation take over the case.

Arbery was murdered by a gunshot on Feb. 23, 2020, after a white father and son, Greg and Travis McMichael, armed themselves and pursued the 25-year-old Black man in a pickup truck in their neighborhood outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick.

William “Roddie” Bryan, a neighbor, joined the chase and recorded Travis McMichael shooting Arbery at close range with a shotgun on his iPhone. Arbery was shot after attacking Travis McMichael, according to the McMichaels, who thought he was a burglar.

On Wednesday, Nov. 24, after a 10-hour jury deliberation, all three men: Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan charged with Ahmaud Arbery’s death were found guilty of murder. Their sentences will be served with or without the possibility of parole, depending on the judge’s decision, Breitbart reported.

Arbery, according to the father and son, was a fleeing burglar. On the other hand, the prosecution claimed that the men had initiated the fatal conflict and that there was no evidence that Arbery had committed any crimes in the area.

“We commend the courage and bravery of this jury to say that what happened on Feb. 23, 2020, to Ahmaud Arbery—the hunting and killing of Ahmaud Arbery—it was not only morally wrong but legally wrong, and we are thankful for that,” said Latonia Hines, Cobb County executive assistant district attorney.

Travis McMichael stood with his lawyer. At one point, McMichael bowed his head to his chest. Then, after the verdicts were read, he whispered “love you” to his mother, also in the courtroom.

Crowds gathered outside the Glynn County Courthouse in Glynn, Georgia, to celebrate the conviction. Marcus Arbery Sr., Arbery’s father, was spotted outside the courtroom crying and hugging supporters.

“He didn’t do nothing,” the father said, “but run and dream.”

Prosecutors did not claim that racism was a factor in the death, but federal authorities have charged them with hate crimes, alleging that they pursued and killed Arbery because he was Black. That case is scheduled to go to trial in February.

The jury wrote a note to the judge shortly after returning to court on Wednesday morning, requesting to view two versions of the shooting video.

On the 911 call the jury reviewed, Greg McMichael tells an operator: “I’m out here in Satilla Shores. There’s a Black male running down the street.”

He then begins shouting, apparently as Arbery runs toward McMichael’s idling truck, with Bryan’s truck approaching from behind: “Stop right there! Damn it, stop! Travis!” A few seconds later, gunshots can be heard.

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