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Who Are the Ahmaud Arbery Murder Defendants?

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The three men who were found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery are Travis McMichael, 35; his father, Gregory McMichael, 65; and their neighbor William Bryan, 52.

Prosecutors argued that in February 2020 the men set out in two pickup trucks in an effort to detain Mr. Arbery, an avid jogger and former high school football player who spent nearly five minutes trying to run away from them.

Eventually trapped between the two pickup trucks, Mr. Arbery ended up in a confrontation with Travis McMichael, who was armed with a shotgun and fired at Mr. Arbery three times at close range. Mr. McMichael testified that he feared that Mr. Arbery, who had no weapon, would get control of the shotgun from him and threaten his life. Mr. McMichael testified that he feared that Mr. Arbery, who had no weapon, would get control of the shotgun from him and threaten his life.

Travis McMichael is a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard who said in court last week that he had tried to employ his use-of-force training from the Coast Guard to “de-escalate” the situation when he pointed his gun at Mr. Arbery.

In the months leading up to the shooting, he had become increasingly concerned about a spate of property crimes — car break-ins, gun thefts and potential trespassing at a house under construction — in their usually quiet neighborhood of Satilla Shores outside of Brunswick, Ga. On New Year’s Day, he reported to the police that a Smith & Wesson 9-millimeter pistol had been stolen from his unlocked Ford pickup truck.

Gregory McMichael is a former police officer and investigator with the local district attorney’s office — a connection that some have argued helped him avoid arrest immediately following the shooting. At his bond hearing, prosecutors played a recording of a voice mail message that he had left for Jackie Johnson, the former district attorney, shortly after the shooting, asking for her advice.

The third defendant, Mr. Bryan, lives in the same neighborhood. From the beginning, Mr. Bryan portrayed himself as a concerned citizen and a bystander who was drawn by the commotion and pulled out his phone to film the encounter. But a few months after the shooting, the authorities said that was hardly the full story: He had contributed to Mr. Arbery’s death by attempting to “confine and detain” Mr. Arbery with his vehicle, they charged.

Mr. Bryan’s lawyers said that he was unarmed at the time of the shooting, and that he did not have a conversation with the McMichaels before the pursuit.



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