The trial of Ahmaud Arbery

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Ahmaud Arbery

On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Marquez Arbery was murdered in Satilla Shores, a neighborhood near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia, United States. Travis McMichael, and his father Greg McMichael alongside their neighbor William Roddie Bryan, were convicted of murdering Ahmaud while he was on a run in his neighborhood. All three men were sentenced to life in prison.
The Members of the Glynn County Police Department (GCPD) arrived on the scene soon after the shooting, but no arrests were made for more than two months. The case was ultimately transferred to the Cobb County District. On June 24, 2020, the grand jury indicted each of the three men on charges of malice murder (a homicide is done with express or implied malice), felony murder, and other crimes. There was a video of the incident, recorded by Bryan using his cellphone from his vehicle as he followed Arbery jogging down the neighborhood. As Arbery approaches the pickup truck, shouting can be heard from the recording.
State prosecutors filed a motion to seek to keep the men from profiting from their crime, the judge of the case was told by the prosecutor. That any movie or book in the near future about Ahamaud Arbery is to go directly to Ahmaud Arbery’s family. Kevin Gough, Bryan’s attorney opposes the idea saying that it would help raise money for Bryan’s legal defense. No hearing date is set in place, but a separate trial is set to begin in February for the three men facing federal hate crimes charges.
On January 24, 2022, the District Court judge rejected the son and father’s plea. They are going to serve a large part of their time in federal prison. Aubrey’s mother gives a heartfelt plea to the judge to reject their plea. “All they would have to do is stand up and say that they were motivated by hate and then this court will concede to their preferred conditions of confinement,” Wanda Cooper-Jones(Aubrey’s mother), told the judge. “I do not need to hear them say they were motivated by hate. That does me no good. It does my family no good.”
She added, “It is not fair to take away this victory that I prayed and I fought for. It is not right. It is not just. It is wrong. Please listen to me. Granting these men their preferred conditions of confinement would defeat me. It gives them one last chance to spit in my face after murdering my son.”
Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael were sentenced without the possibility of parole. The men to immediately be turned over to the federal Bureau of Prisons to serve 30 years in a federal penitentiary before being returned to the Georgia Department of Corrections to serve the remainder of their sentence. Both men had the option to go forward with their guilty pleas and risk her giving them a harsher sentence than what they agreed to, or to withdraw their pleas and go to trial.
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