MOUNT VERNON, NEW YORK — Attorney Lauren P. Raysor said she agreed with the jury’s guilty verdicts of three men who were responsible for the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery on February 23, 2020, but added that more needs to be done to make sure the justice system is fairer for persons of color.
On November 24, a Georgia State Court jury found Travis McMichael guilty of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony; Gregory McMichael guilty of four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony; and William “Roddie” Bryan guilty of three counts of felony murder, and one count each of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony. Each defendant could face life in prison.
“Today’s verdict shows that justice prevailed,” Ms. Raysor said. “However, the justice system still needs to do a better job representing Blacks who have been killed in cold blood because of the color of their skin. We hope that we can achieve a fairer system in the near future.”