Brunswick: After three men were convicted of murder for the death her son, Ahmaud Arbery’s mother said on Thursday AEDT that she never thought she would see the day come.
Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones is hugged by a supporter after the jury convicted the three white men in the murder of her son.Credit:AP.
After the verdict members of the black community and Arbery’s relatives stood outside the courthouse and lauded the outcome.
When Travis McMichael was pronounced guilty of murder, Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery snr, let out a “gut-wrenching grunt,” his attorney Ben Crump said, which prompted the judge to remove him from the courtroom.
Ahmaud Arbery’s father Marcus Arbery, centre, his hugged by his attorney Benjamin Crump after the jury convicted Travis McMichael in Brunswick, Georgia.Credit:AP.
Arbery’s parents fought for him and were “an example of how to deal with tragedy and grief,” Crump said, reminding the crowd that even as they celebrated the verdict, Arbery’s parents remain devastated by his death.
Marcus Arbery thanked God, his family and the family’s supporters and said he doesn’t want to see any other father have to live through what he lived through.
Ahmaud Arbery’s father Marcus Arbery, centre, is removed from the courtroom after Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley read the jury’s verdict the trial of Greg McMichael.
Prosecutors said the defendants had “assumed the worst” about a black man out on a Sunday afternoon jog.
The prosecution was widely seen as another test case in how the US justice system handles instances of unarmed black people killed by white people.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley said he was required to accept the “race-neutral” reasons defence lawyers gave for the removal of all but one potential black juror