On Wednesday (Nov. 24), the jury ruled that Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. were guilty of felony murder and other charges in Arbery’s tragic death. Many have since taken to Twitter to share their reactions.
@KaiBanksX shared well wishes to Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, while acknowledging the work that still needs to be done in the country. “I pray this brings you SOME peace. Because nothing can heal a broken heart or absence of a son!” she said. “This is just [a] triumph for us! WE STILL GOT FAR TO GO!”
As previously reported by REVOLT, the McMichaels and Bryan were charged with nine counts in connection to the murder of Arbery, who they confronted amid his jog. Travis, who fatally shot the 25-year-old, was found guilty of malice murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony in addition to his felony charge.
Gregory, who confronted Arbery alongside his son, was found guilty of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony, and Bryan, who blocked the Black man with his car and recorded the encounter, was convicted of felony murder, aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony.
As users rejoiced in the news and sent prayers to Arbery’s family, @newsworthy17’s tweet reminded others that the three men will go to trial again in February as they face federal hate crime charges connected to Arbery’s death.
See the reactions to the verdict in Ahmaud Arbery’s murder trial below.