Men face sentencing for hate crimes in Ahmaud Arbery's death
Months after they were sentenced to life in prison for murder, the three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery in a Georgia neighborhood faced a second round of criminal penalties Monday for federal hate crimes committed in the deadly pursuit of the 25-year-old Black man. U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood scheduled back-to-back hearings to individually sentence each of the defendants, starting with Travis McMichael, who blasted Arbery with a shotgun after the street chase initiated by his father and joined by a neighbor. Arbery's killing on Feb. 23, 2020, became part of a larger national reckoning over racial injustice and killings of unarmed Black people including George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.news.yahoo.com
Lawyer: Arbery shooter fears he'll be killed in state prison
The white man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery after chasing the running Black man in a Georgia neighborhood says he fears he will be killed by fellow inmates if he's sent to a state prison to serve a life sentence for murder. Travis McMichael, 36, faces sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court after his conviction on federal hate crime charges in February. Attorney Amy Lee Copeland argued McMichael has received “hundreds of threats” and won't be safe in a Georgia state prison system that is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department amid concerns about violence between inmates.news.yahoo.com
Greg, Travis McMichael asks district court for judgement of acquittal in federal trial
Greg and Travis McMichael, the white father and son who were convicted of committing a racially motivated hate crime in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, have asked a federal judge to overrule the jury’s guilty verdicts.
Almost 2 years to day of fatal shooting, 3 men convicted of hate crimes in Ahmaud Arbery killing
Nearly two years to the day that their son was shot dead in the street while jogging through a neighborhood in Satilla Shores, the parents of Ahmaud Arbery embraced in a federal courthouse in Brunswick on Tuesday as the verdicts were read against the three men convicted of taking his life.
‘Hold these men accountable’: Prosecutors say Arbery killing motivated by race; defense cites suspicion of criminal activity
A federal prosecutor began Monday's opening arguments by saying the defendants' history of racist statements explains why they chased Ahmaud Arbery and "shot him and let him die on the streets like an animal.” Defense closing arguments come next.washingtonpost.com
Arbery not seen stealing, cop told hate crime defendants
A police officer testifying at the hate crimes trial of three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery says he told two of the defendants just days before the shooting that there was evidence the young Black man had done anything worse than trespassing.
Prosecutor: Ahmaud Arbery’s killers known to use racist slurs
The three white men convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery had histories of making racist comments or using slurs in text messages that stunned their friends and colleagues, a federal prosecutor told jurors Monday as the trio stood trial on hate crime charges in the 25-year-old Black man’s death.
Judge in Ahmaud Arbery death federal trial to seat jury Monday
The federal judge presiding over the hate crimes trial of three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery said she will seat a jury Monday after a week spent asking potential jurors what they already know about the Black man’s death as well as their views on racism in America.
Ahmaud Arbery’s shooter withdraws guilty plea on hate crime charge
The man convicted of murder for shooting Ahmaud Arbery withdrew his guilty plea on a federal hate crime charge Friday, electing to stand trial for a second time in the 2020 killing of a Black man that became part of a larger national reckoning over racial injustice.
Greg McMichael won't plead to hate crime in Arbery death
The man who initiated the deadly chase that ended in the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery has reversed course and decided to plead not guilty to a federal hate crime in the 2020 killing of the unarmed Black man, according to a legal filing late Thursday. Greg McMichael's decision came days after a U.S. District Court judge rejected terms of a plea deal that he and his son, Travis McMichael, had negotiated with prosecutors. McMichael's defense attorney said in a legal notice filed jointly with prosecutors that McMichael now plans to stand trial for a second time in Arbery's death.news.yahoo.com
Federal judge rejects hate crime plea deal for man who killed Ahmaud Arbery
A federal judge on Monday rejected a plea agreement reached by federal prosecutors and one of the three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was shot and killed while jogging on south Georgia street.Driving the news: Travis McMichael offered to plead guilty to violating Arbery's civil rights when he chased him through Brunswick's Satilla Shores neighborhood in 2020. But after hearing from Arbery's parents, who opposed the deal, U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Woodnews.yahoo.com
Prosecutors reach plea deal with 2 of Ahmaud Arbery's murderers ahead of hate crimes trial
Two of Ahmaud Arbery's killers Travis and Gregory McMichael have reached plea agreements with prosecutors in their federal hate crimes case concerning the Black jogger's 2020 murder in Georgia, according to court filings submitted Sunday night.Why it matters: Attorneys for Arbery's family released a statement saying they're "vehemently against" the plea deals ahead of the hate crimes trial that's scheduled for Feb. 7. and that they plan to oppose the agreement in court Monday.Stay on top of thenews.yahoo.com
Judge in Arbery death hate crimes case hears racial evidence
A federal judge closed his courtroom to the public Friday to hear attorneys debate whether “racially insensitive” text messages should be allowed as evidence in the hate crimes trial of three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery. U.S. Magistrate Judge Benjamin Cheesbro spent more than two hours hearing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys behind closed doors, as evidence of racist actions or attitudes by the defendants had been ordered sealed from public view. In November, a Georgia state court convicted father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and a neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, of murder in Arbery's death.news.yahoo.com
‘I see his execution in my mind over and over’: Family shares grief as Arbery’s killers sentenced to life
Before a judge determines Friday whether the three men convicted in the 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery will be given the possibility of parole for their mandatory life sentences, Arbery’s family shared with the court how his murder has impacted their lives.
Attorney for one of Arbery’s convicted killers plans to challenge constitutionality of mandatory life sentence
With his client facing a mandatory term of life in prison for felony murder, attorney Kevin Gough told News4JAX that he plans to challenge the constitutionality of that sentence ahead of Friday’s sentencing hearing for the three men convicted in Ahmaud Arbery’s slaying.
‘She Should Spend Time In Prison’: Former DA Accused of ‘Showing Favor’ to the McMichaels Awaits Her Day In Court on Charges Over Delayed Arrests In Ahmaud Arbery’s Slaying
The men convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery are not the only ones facing prison time for the February 2020 murder. Former Georgia District Attorney Jackie […]news.yahoo.com