The trial of the Travis McMichael, his father, and his neighbor for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery was one wild trial.
The men were charged as parties and separately. Federal hate crime charges have been filed and that trial will start at the beginning of next year. As the verdict was read, you could hear a pin drop. Travis McMichael was found guilty on all charges. Next, was his father Gregory McMichael. He was found NOT GUILTY on malice murder, but was found guilty on the charges of felony murder. Last was William Bryan. He was the neighbor that participated with the father, son duo. William Bryan was found NOT GUILTY on malice and one felony murder count. He was guilty on other felony murder charges.
Of course this trial garnered a lot of attention, but there were certain things that brought more attention than the trial itself. One thing was the makeup of the jury. The jury was made up of eleven white jurors and one black juror. There were a lot of members of the community that were very upset about this. I don’t know what the actual jury pool looked like, however, I do believe the jury should have been a lot more diverse.
There was another issue when one of the defense attorneys made a big deal about “black pastors” comforting the family in the courtroom. They called it a jury distraction. That was probably the most dumbest statement I have heard made in a trial. It was almost as dumb as one of the defense attorneys mocking the victims feet and toenails calling them “dirty.”
This case disgusted me from the start. I couldn’t understand how someone could think it was ok to chase someone down, trap them, and kill them. They were not the police and didn’t make it known they were making a citizens arrest. This was murder.
I hope after this case and even the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, that the justice system realizes there are a lot of holes and the hands of justice swings different ways for different people. I’m glad to see justice was served in this case, but after the original district attorney tried to bury the case. She also tried to not bring charges against the men who committed this crime. It is good to finally see justice served.