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Ahmaud Arbery's mother grateful for guilty verdicts nearly 2 years after he was killed while jogging

Jessica Schladebeck, New York Daily News on

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Ahmaud Arbery’s mother is grateful for the guilty verdicts reached in her son’s murder trial.

Wanda Cooper-Jones reflected on the outcome on Thanksgiving Day, nearly two years after Arbery was gunned down in an affluent, mostly white Georgia suburb.

”My family and I are really, really thankful for the verdict we got yesterday,” she said in an interview with “Good Morning America” on Thursday.

”We finally got justice for Ahmaud,” Cooper-Jones added.

Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was out for a jog in the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside Brunswick when he was confronted by Gregory McMichael; his son, Travis McMichael; and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, on the afternoon of Feb. 23, 2020. Authorities said Travis and his father, who is an ex-cop, armed themselves and then pursued Arbery in a pickup truck while Bryan followed in a separate vehicle and recorded the fatal interaction.

No arrests were made until months later, after clips of the deadly encounter were leaked online.

 

During their eight-day trial, which came to an end this week, defense attorneys argued that the McMichaels believed the jogger was behind a string of burglaries in the area after spotting him near the construction site of a new home.

No evidence was ever uncovered linking Arbery to the crime spree and his family and friends have long maintained the killing was racially motivated.

“We know that Ahmaud was targeted because he was a Black runner in a community that thought that his presence there was inappropriate,” Cooper-Jones’ attorney, Lee Merritt, said during the interview on “GMA.”

On Wednesday, the three suspects, all of them white, were convicted by a jury in Glynn County following 11 hours of deliberation spread out over two days.

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