After 11 hours of deliberation, a Georgia jury found all three white men charged with killing a 25-year-old black man on multiple charges.
Ahmaud Arbery went on a runaway last February when three men chased him and shot him allegingly involved in a robbery in the area.
Today, legal and civil rights experts say that justice has won.
Among them is Frederick Haynes, Pastor of the Friendship West Baptist Church.
Haynes has just recently returned from Georgia. There, he and other priests stood with Arbury’s family after the defense tried to block the black minister from the courtroom.
“To be honest, there was so much disappointment with the judiciary in the community, but this was certainly when the judiciary actually worked against the overwhelming odds, but it worked.” Said Haynes.
From a legal point of view, former Dallas County Assistant DA Russell Wilson said Wednesday results are expected.
“I think the prosecution has determined the tone of the indictment and the number of cases that indicate that the murder was basically done in multiple ways, even if it was a felony murder,” Wilson said. Said.
Only Travis McMichael, who was accused of shooting Arbury, was found guilty of the most serious crime in the case, the malicious murder. However, all three, including Gregory McMichael and William Brian, face life behind the prison and could be found guilty of federal hate crimes.
“They may decide that they need additional insurance for where they are and want to proceed with prosecuting them, or justice provides based on the outcome of a state proceeding. They believe they have been, and may decide that they no longer need their resources to continue the prosecution, “Wilson said.
That’s what Haynes wants to see in the Arbury family. But for now, they are calling for success today.
“Not only did Amado Arbury die in vain, but the family could somehow breathe new life into our judicial system and this racial calculation in which we find ourselves. I’m sure, “Haines said.