Three White men were on Wednesday found guilty of the murder of young Black man Ahmaud Arbery last year in Georgia, United States – a high-profile case that galvanized a wave of racial injustice protests.
Gregory McMichael, 65; his son Travis, 35, and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, 52, were convicted of chasing down and shooting dead 25-year-old Arbery in February 2020 while he was out jogging. They claimed they were making a citizen's arrest of a burglar.
The three now face the possibility of life in prison without parole after the verdict was handed down by the jury of 11 White men and women and one Black man after 11 hours of deliberation.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley at the Glynn County Courthouse in the coastal city of Brunswick announced that the sentence will be handed down in the coming weeks and ordered that the three men remain in custody.
Following the verdict, a group of protesters who had gathered outside the court, including civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, cheered and celebrated.
After leaving the courthouse with relatives, Arbery's mother Wanda Cooper-Jones thanked the crowd.
"To tell the truth, I never saw this day back in 2020. I never thought this day would come. But God is good," she said. "Thank you, thank you for those who marched, those who prayed."