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US: Guilty verdicts in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killers

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People participate in a demonstration following the guilty verdict in the trial of the killers of Ahmaud Arbery's in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, on November 24, 2021.
MEGAN VARNER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFPPeople participate in a demonstration following the guilty verdict in the trial of the killers of Ahmaud Arbery's in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, on November 24, 2021.

Accused convicted of murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal intent to commit a felony

A jury on Wednesday found three men, charged with killing Ahmuad Arbery in Georgia, United States, guilty on multiple murder counts as well as other charges.

Defendants of the case Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and William Bryan were convicted of murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal intent to commit a felony, Reuters reported.

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Wednesday’s verdict came after eight days of testimony, involving 23 witnesses, and more than 11-hours of deliberation spanning two days.

The Georgia jury rejected a self-defense claim of the defendants who chased and shot 25-year-old Arbery in February 2020 as he ran through their neighborhood

They face a minimum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

US President Joe Biden said the convictions show that the criminal justice system is “doing its job,” though the killing was "a devastating reminder of how far we have to go in the fight for racial justice in this country."

"Instead, we must recommit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin," Biden said.

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The case hinged on whether the defendants had the right to confront the unarmed jogger on a hunch that he was fleeing a crime, drawing national outrage as many considered the killing to be racially driven.

Arbery’s name was included in the nationwide anti-racism movement that erupted in 2020 after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.