After a jury concluded that the three men who murdered black Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery did so because of his race, they were found guilty of federal hate crimes.
Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and friend Roddy Bryan, who filmed the murder in Macon, Georgia in February 2020, were found guilty on Tuesday.
The McMichaels had already been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of murder in a state trial, and Bryan had been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years, but he now faces additional time due to the federal conviction.
Following the verdict, the Arbery family said that now that the criminal investigations and trials have concluded, they want to bring civil cases. They haven’t said who they’ll file charges against yet.
On Monday evening, jurors were sent to try the case, and they only deliberated for two hours.
The men had already been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Arbery.
During the trial, prosecutors presented over two dozen text conversations and social media posts in which Travis McMichael and Bryan used racist slurs and made nasty remarks about African-Americans.
The federal trial, unlike the state murder trial last year, focused mostly on the racial aspects of the crime and the obscenities the guys used against Arbery.
Arbery would have gone for a jog and made it home for Sunday supper’ if he had been white, according to federal prosecutor Bobbi Bernstein.
“They made conclusions about Ahmaud based on his skin color, which would not have happened if he had been white,” Bernstein explained.
After apologizing to the court, Bernstein detailed some of the racial slurs used by the younger McMichael to refer to Black persons in text conversations.
“Animals,” “monkeys,” “subhuman savages,” and the derogatory N-word were among the epithets.