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Crime: Jury finds 3 white men guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery

Defense attorney in trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers tries to have Rev. Jesse Jackson removed from courtroom

  Defense attorney in trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers tries to have Rev. Jesse Jackson removed from courtroom Defense attorneys for the three white men on trial for killing Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery had their second attack in a week of Too Many Black Pastors syndrome as they tried to have the Rev. Jesse Jackson thrown out of the courtroom, where he had come to support the family. Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley said no.“The court is not going to single out any particular individual or group of individuals as not being allowed to be in this courtroom as a member of the public,” Walmsley said, according to NBC News. “If there is a disruption, you’re more than welcome to call that to my attention.” © Terry Dickson The Rev.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A jury found three white men guilty of murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery early last year.

Defendant Travis McMichael watches a video clip the jury asked to see as part of their deliberation during the trial of McMichael, his father Greg McMichael, and neighbor, William © Stephen B. Morton, AP Defendant Travis McMichael watches a video clip the jury asked to see as part of their deliberation during the trial of McMichael, his father Greg McMichael, and neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga.

Travis McMichael, who fired the shots, was found guilty on all nine counts, including malice murder and four counts of felony murder.

His father, Gregory McMichael, was found not guilty of malice murder but guilty of felony murder and all other charges.

Travis McMichael testifies Ahmaud Arbery did not threaten him

  Travis McMichael testifies Ahmaud Arbery did not threaten him The defense rested its case after the jury heard testimony from Travis McMichael, the man who fired the fatal shots.Travis McMichael, the man who fired the fatal shots, spent several hours on the stand Thursday testifying in his own defense and answering questions from prosecutors.

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Their neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, who recorded video of the killing, was found guilty of three counts felony murder, one count aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony. He was not convicted of malice murder, one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault.

In the courtroom, the Rev. Al Sharpton held the hands of Arbery's parents, Marcus Arbery and Wanda Cooper-Jones, as the jurors entered the courtroom. Cooper-Jones mouthed a silent prayer as the judge readied to read the verdict.

Cheers erupted as the verdicts were read, and people cried and embraced one another. Deputies called for order. Travis McMichael mouthed "love you" to his mother, who was crying.

Brunswick GA: For Black residents of Ahmaud Arbery's hometown, trust in the justice system is on trial right alongside his accused killers

  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.

In the hallway outside the courtroom, Wanda Cooper-Jones sobbed. "We finally got justice," she said as supporters embraced her.

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The men were charged with murder and other crimes in the fatal shooting on Feb. 23, 2020. The men were arrested two months later, after Bryan's cellphone video of the incident spurred nationwide outrage.

Prosecutors argued Arbery was "under attack" by white men who saw a Black man running in their small, coastal neighborhood and hopped in pickup trucks to pursue him. Arbery committed no crimes and was attempting to flee throughout the five-minute chase, they said.

Defense attorneys for the McMichaels painted a picture of residents on edge about crime in their neighborhood and said the father and son were attempting to detain Arbery for police because they suspected he was a burglar. Bryan's attorney said he was a witness who documented the killing.

Closing arguments to begin Monday in trial over Ahmaud Arbery's killing: What to know

  Closing arguments to begin Monday in trial over Ahmaud Arbery's killing: What to know Closing arguments were set for Monday in the murder trial of three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery early last year.A panel of 12 jurors and three alternates, will hear from the prosecution and lawyers for each of the three defendants. After closings, the jurors are set to begin deliberations on a verdict.

Race has been central to the trial from the beginning, with potential jurors being asked their thoughts on Black Lives Matter and the Confederate flag and a defense attorney attempting to bar national civil rights figures like Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson from the courtroom.

But the jury did not hear evidence the killing was racially motivated in part because prosecutors did not need to prove the defendants' actions were racially motivated.

Meanwhile, the demographic makeup of the jury drew scrutiny because it does not mirror Glynn County, where more than 26% of residents are Black. One Black man was on the jury of 12, and even the judge acknowledged "intentional discrimination" in the selection process.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jury finds 3 white men guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery

Ahmaud Arbery's mother speaks out after murder trial verdict .
Ahmaud Arbery's mother said she is feeling especially thankful this Thanksgiving, after three men were found guilty of his murder. Your browser does not support this video "Today is Thanksgiving and I'm really, really thankful. My family and I are really, really thankful for the verdict we got yesterday," Wanda Cooper-Jones told ABC News' Whit Johnson in an interview Thursday on "Good Morning America." "We finally got justice for Ahmaud," she added.

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