Crime Malice murder and felony murder: Here's what jurors determined in the trial over Ahmaud Arbery's killing
Ahmaud Arbery killing trial: Attorneys to deliver closing arguments in case of jogger's shooting
Prosecutors and attorneys representing three men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery as he jogged through their Glynn County, Georgia, neighborhood last year will deliver closing arguments Monday in the murder trial. © Stephen B. Morton/AP Hundreds of pastors rally during the trial of Greg McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan outside the Glynn County Courthouse, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brunswick, Ga. The three are charged with the February 2020 slaying of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. (AP Photo/Stephen B.
Three men convicted Wednesday in theeach faced nine possible charges that stemmed from their involvement in the 2020 shooting near Brunswick, Georgia. But the verdicts rendered by the jury on some of the allegations differed.
Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. were convicted on four and three of the counts of felony murder, respectively. Gregory's son, Travis McMichael, was also found guilty on multiple counts of felony murder and was the only one of the three found to have committed malice murder.
Jury to deliberate verdict in Ahmaud Arbery's death. Here are key moments from the trial.
The jury will now decide if Travis and Greg McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan are guilty of murder and other crimes in the death of Ahmaud Arbery.How jurors decide on a verdict could ultimately hinge on how they view Travis McMichael, who fatally shot Arbery and was the only defendant to testify.
The difference between the malice and felony murder charges, CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig said.
Malice murder means the jury determined that Travis McMichael, who was the defendant that shot Arbery, intended to kill Arbery and did, Honig said. Gregory McMichael's and Bryan's felony murder convictions mean that they intentionally committed a felony.
Travis McMichael's attorneys argued that hewhen shooting Arbery. The three men suspected Arbery of committing burglary and chased him down in their vehicles, before a scuffle between Arbery and Travis McMichael that was captured on video led to Arbery's death.
"The chasing him with the truck, false imprisonment -- and as a result of that, whether they intended it or not, Ahmaud Arbery was killed and that makes the father and Roddie Bryan guilty of murder as well," Honig said.
Brunswick GA: For Black residents of Ahmaud Arbery's hometown, trust in the justice system is on trial right alongside his accused killers
Carrying signs that read "Justice for Ahmaud," the demonstrators marched past majestic live oaks draped with Spanish moss. They chanted Ahmaud Arbery's name as they wound through the streets, past a hardware store, several homes, a convenience store. They rounded the corner by the floral shop, calling for those watching from the sidewalk to join them. © Elijah Nouvelage for CNN Protesters march from the Glynn County Courthouse to the Brunswick African American Cultural Center. © Elijah Nouvelage for CNN A handwritten "I Run With Maud" sign is seen on the facade of an unoccupied building in Brunswick.
Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski said during the trial that the men-- including never chasing Arbery or calling police -- but instead they chose to pursue Arbery even after he repeatedly eluded them. They committed aggravated assault with their trucks -- and the McMichaels, with their guns -- while trying to falsely imprison Arbery, she said.
Georgia criminal defense attorney Page Pate told CNN the decisions by the jury between malice and felony murder made sense to him.
"In Georgia, malice murder, you have an intent to kill someone. Felony murder is you don't necessarily want to kill someone but you're committing a felony offense and someone dies as a result of it," Pate said.
He said the verdict shows "it was careful deliberation" by the jury in the case.
"Let's put the facts together with the law and come up with what we feel is the right verdict, and I think it was the right verdict for this case," Pate said.
White Vigilante Trio Guilty of Murdering Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia
The white men accused of needlessly chasing and fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery in cold blood in Georgia last February in what critics described as a modern-day lynching under the guise of vigilante law enforcement were found guilty of murder on Wednesday. Travis McMichael was found guilty of the most serious offense, malice murder, in the Feb. 23, 2020 homicide death of Arbery. Greg McMichael, his father, was found not guilty of malice murder but convicted of all other eight charges against him, including felony murder. William Roddie Bryan, a family neighbor, was fou , one count of felony murder, and one count of aggravated assault.
Next phase moves to sentencing
Along with the murder charges, the McMichaelsof two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony in Arbery's death.
Bryan was convicted of three counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony. He was acquitted of malice murder, one count of felony murder, and one count of aggravated assault.
The men now face a sentence of up to life in prison without the possibility of parole on each of the murder charges, 20 years on each of the aggravated assault charges, 10 years on the false imprisonment charge, and 5 years on the criminal attempt to commit a felony charge.
Judge Timothy Walmsley will decide whether the sentences will be served consecutively or concurrently. A sentencing date has yet to be set.
The McMichaels and Bryan also face separate federal hate crime chargesslated for February.
Federal prosecutors said following the indictment in April that all three men "used force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery's right to use a public street because of his race."
All three men pleaded not guilty to the federal charges.
Travis McMichael testifies he wasn't under threat during pickup chase before fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery .
Travis McMichael returned to the stand under cross-examination on Thursday, then the defense rested its case in the Georgia murder trial.Travis McMichael also told prosecutors he did not tell police some of the details about the pursuit that he shared in court on Wednesday.