The murder trial of Ahmaud Arbery has finally come to a close and all three of the men charged in his death were convicted on Wednesday.
According to a report by Breitbart News, the fatal shooting of Arbery ended with convictions for Greg McMichael, son Travis McMichael, and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan after 10 hours of jury deliberations.
The three men face minimum sentences of life in prison, however, it will be up to the judge to decide whether they will have the possibility of parole.
The scene in the courtroom was one fraught with emotion as Travis McMichael stood for the verdict with his attorney’s arm around his shoulder, at one point mouthing “love you” to his mother.
Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr., was seen crying and hugging those who came to support him outside the courtroom.
“He didn’t do nothing,” the father said, “but run and dream.”
Video footage of Arbery’s death was gut-wrenching, to say the least, and showed the McMichaels grabbing guns and humping from a truck to persue the 25-year-old Black man who was running through a residential area.
Bryan joined the pursuit and recorded with his phone a video of Travis McMichael fatally shooting Arbery.
“Arbery’s killing after the graphic video leaked online two months later,” Breitbart News reported. “Though prosecutors did not argue that racism motivated the killing, federal authorities have charged them with hate crimes, alleging that they chased and killed Arbery because he was Black. That case is scheduled to go to trial in February.”
Prosecutors in the case said that there was no reason to believe, as the defense said, that Arbery was the perpetrator in any crimes. At the time of his death, Arbury was enrolled in a technical college to follow in his uncles’ footsteps to become an electrician.