'Guilty': Jury convicts Ahmaud Arbery’s killers on all federal hate crime charges

'Guilty': Jury convicts Ahmaud Arbery’s killers on all federal hate crime charges
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Travis McMichael, the Georgia man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery, has been found guilty of a federal hate crime, according to CNN and Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller.

This conviction follows a murder conviction in November 2021, when Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan were all found guilty of murder and other felony charges in connection with Arbery’s death.

Gregory McMichael and Bryan have also been found guilty on the federal hate crime charge, along with Travis McMichael.

The McMichaels and Bryan, during their murder trial in 2021, claimed that they believed Arbery, an African-American jogger, was committing a crime when they confronted him. But the jury didn’t buy their explanation and found them guilty of murder.

Civil rights activists, throughout the murder trial, stressed that the only think Arbery was guilty of was “jogging while Black” — and they applauded the fact that white jurors in Georgia were willing to convict the defendants for murdering a Black man.

Arbery’s parents are applauding the federal hate crime verdict, along with civil rights attorney Ben Crump:

Twitter user Paula Brewer noted that with the three defendants having been convicted of a federal crime, they will be going to a federal prison. The murder convictions in November 2021 were on state charges.

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