His father, Marcus Arbery was so happy when the verdict was read out that he leaped up from his seat to celebrate.
More than a year and a half after Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead while jogging in his neighborhood, the three white men connected with his death have been found guilty in a recent verdict.
Arbery, 25, was fatally shot on February 23, 2021, in a confrontation with three men, Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan.
Travis, who fired the fatal shots, was convicted by the nearly all-white jury on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony. His father, Gregory, and their neighbor, William, were both convicted of felony murder and other charges, according to CBS News.
BREAKING: Gregory & Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan have been found GUILTY for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery! pic.twitter.com/gqq22MOU5k— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) November 24, 2021
The courtroom heard gasps resounding through the public gallery as the verdict was read aloud on Wedesday, November 24, 2021. "Long time coming," said the victim's father, Marcus Arbery, upon hearing the jury's verdict.
"The verdict today was a verdict based on the facts, based on the evidence, and that was our goal, was to bring that to that jury so that they could do the right thing, because the jury system works in this country," Linda Dunikoski, the lead prosecutor in the case, said after the verdict. "And when you present the truth to people and they can see it, they will do the right thing, and that's what this jury did today in getting justice for Ahmaud Arbery."
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing Marcus Arbery, also spoke after the verdict, according to NBC News. "Even though this is not a celebration, it is a reflection to acknowledge that the spirit of Ahmaud defeated the lynch mob," the attorney said.
Since the day Arbery was shot in February, 2020, his case has gained widespread attention and only saw the arrests of the three defendants months later when the video of the incident was leaked. The video showed Arbery jogging around his neighborhood outside Brunswick in Georgia before being chased by Travis and his father.
Arbery's death was called "modern lynching in the middle of the day" by an attorney, according to Global News.
“I saw my son come into the world,” Arbery’s heartbroken mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, previously said. “And seeing him leave the world, it’s not something that I’ll want to see ever.”
Finally, nearly two years after Arbery was shot in broad daylight, his family have some solace after Wednesday's verdict. Marcus Arbery was so happy when the verdict was read out that he leaped up from his seat to celebrate.
During a press conference after the verdict, the victim's mother said, as quoted by ABC News, "It's been a long fight, it's been a hard fight, but God is good. To tell you the truth, back in 2020, I never thought this day would come, but God is good."
The mother added that her deceased son "will now rest in peace."
At the moment, no date has been set by Judge Timothy Walmsley for the sentencing of the three men for Arbery's murder, according to CNN. All three of the defendants face up to life in prison.
Cover image: Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery, leaves the Glynn County Courthouse on November 23, 2021 in Brunswick, Georgia. (Source: Getty Images | Photo by Sean Rayford)