Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan are all facing another life sentence after being convicted of federal hate crimes.
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.
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.
“To be perfectly honest with you, if I could have got a shot at the guy, I would have shot him myself,” he said, according to body camera footage.
“If you seen your kid get blown apart with a 12-gauge shotgun, what would you do?” he asked reporters outside the courtroom.
During opening statements in the murder trial against Ahmaud Arbery's killers, defense attorneys avoided mentioning race almost entirely.
The judge presiding over the case admitted it was “intentional discrimination.”