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Crime: Malice murder and felony murder: Here's what jurors determined in the trial over Ahmaud Arbery's killing

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.

Three men convicted Wednesday in the death of Ahmaud Arbery each 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.

Defense attorney Laura Hogue, center, touches the hand of her client Greg McMichael, right, while they wait for the jury to come into to the courtroom during deliberations in the trial deliberations in the trial of Greg McMichel and his son, Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William © Stephen B. Morton/Pool/Getty Images Defense attorney Laura Hogue, center, touches the hand of her client Greg McMichael, right, while they wait for the jury to come into to the courtroom during deliberations in the trial deliberations in the trial of Greg McMichel and his son, Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan in the Glynn County Courthouse on November 24, 2021 in Brunswick, Georgia. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan are charged with the February, 2020 fatal shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.

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.

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The difference between the malice and felony murder charges has to do with intent, 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 he acted in self-defense when 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.

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  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 had alternative options -- 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.

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Next phase moves to sentencing

Along with the murder charges, the McMichaels were convicted of 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 charges in a trial slated 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.

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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