A jury has convicted three men of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, rejecting claims that they acted in self-defense, reports The Chicago Tribune.
The case attracted national attention after claims that the men, all white, were motivated by racism when they accosted Arbery while he was jogging down a suburban street in Brunswick, GA.
Defense attorneys said the men had reason to believe he was a burglar who had been operating in the neighborhood and shot him after he tried to wrench their guns away.
Prosecutors discounted the arguments of Greg McMichael, son Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan that they were attempting to make a citizen’s arrest when the incident happened., and said Arbery in fact was the victim of a “lynch mob.” The men face minimum sentences of life in prison. It is up to the judge to decide whether that comes with or without the possibility of parole. The jurors took 10 hours to decide the case.
Moments after the verdicts were announced, Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr., was seen crying and hugging supporters outside the courtroom. “He didn’t do nothing,” the father said, “but run and dream.”