Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan are all facing another life sentence after being convicted of federal hate crimes.
The case bears remarkable similarities to Ahmaud Arbery’s murder by white father-and-son vigilantes in south Georgia two years ago.
A judge threw out a proposed plea deal in the federal hate crime cases of Gregory and Travis McMichael. But not before it infuriated Arbery's family.
Father and son Gregory McMichael, 65, and Travis McMichael, 35, were both sentenced to the maximum of life in prison, without parole.
Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan have been found guilty of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
From tossing around “colored people” like it was the 1960s to describing Arbery’s “long, dirty” toenails, the trial itself put racism on display.
“What was happening in their neighborhood scared them,” an attorney for shooter Travis McMichael argued. “Imagine people lurking and sneaking around your property at night.”
Ahmaud Arbery “didn’t threaten you in any way?” the state prosecutor asked. “No,” his killer answered.
“He struck me. It was obvious that he was attacking me, that if he would have gotten the shotgun from me, this was a life-or-death situation.”
Travis McMichael’s first shot at Ahmaud Arbery severed a vital artery in his wrist and a left a gaping hole in his chest, the medical examiner said.
Travis and Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan are facing nine charges each, including murder, in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
One of the attorneys for Ahmaud Arbery’s killers worried that Al Sharpton's presence would influence the jury and wanted other famous Black people excluded.