The jury found Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William Bryan guilty of felony murder for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
Jury deliberations entered their second day on Wednesday after more than two weeks of testimony and closing arguments in the Georgia trial of Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan Jr.
On Feb. 23, 2020, Arbery was in the Satilla Shores neighborhood near Brunswick, Georgia when Gregory and Travis McMichael drove their pickup near Arbery, who was jogging. The men confronted him about recent trespassing and burglary incidents in the neighborhood, and proceeded to shoot and killed Arbery in the street.
Bryan trailed the men in his vehicle and recorded the shooting of Arbery.
The three White men are charged with malice and felony murder in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man fatally shot while out for a jog on Feb. 23, 2020.
Attorneys for the defendants argued in their closing arguments this week that all three men acted in self-defense, according to several news outlets.
Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski argued on Monday that the three men charged with Arbery’s murder cannot claim self-defense because there was no evidence of Arbery being armed or having committed a crime, according to multiple outlets.
The three men have pleaded not guilty and also face charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
A medical examiner told the jury last week that Arbery died from multiple shotgun wounds.