Men found guilty in Arbery murder will go to federal court on hate crime charges
The legal troubles for the three men found guilty in the murder Ahmaud Arbery in a Georgia court are far from over, as the trio will face federal hate crime and kidnapping charges next year.
Travis McMichael was found guilty on Wednesday on all nine counts in the February 2020 murder of Arbery, a Black man, in Georgia.
Gregory McMichael was found not guilty on one count of malice murder and guilty on the other charges.
Bryan was found not guilty of one count of malice murder, one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault, and guilty on the other charges.
AHMAUD ARBERY TRIAL VERDICT: TRAVIS MCMICHAEL GUILTY ON ALL COUNTSEven after the Georgia verdict, the three men will face a federal trial on hate crime and kidnapping charges beginning in February.
The Department of Justice charged the men with interfering in Arbery's civil rights and attempted kidnapping in April.
Evidence in the federal case will also likely include the video footage taken by Bryan of Travis McMichael using a racial slur on Arbery after he shot him, Savannah Now reported.
That footage was not admitted as evidence in the Georgia trial.
Georgia did not bring hate crime charges against the three men because Georgia law did not have a hate crime statute.
The three men pleaded not guilty during the Georgia trial, with their defense attorneys arguing that they were trying to detain Arbery because they thought he was a burglar.
Prosecutors argued during the trial that there was no evidence Arbery, who was 25 at the time of his death, committed any crimes.
Judge Timothy Walmsley said after the verdict that he would arrange for their sentencing "in the next couple weeks."