Where Things Stand in Next Ahmaud Arbery Trial

After deals fall through, all three will stand trial on federal hate-crime charges, starting Monday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 4, 2022 12:11 PM CST
Where Things Stand in Next Ahmaud Arbery Trial
From left, Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr.   (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)

The last week has seen a flurry of developments related to the upcoming federal trial of the three men already convicted in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. But after much back-and-forth, we're right back where we started: Plea deals have fallen through, and all three men will stand trial on hate-crime charges, per the AP. Jury selection begins Monday:

  • On Friday, Travis McMichael reversed his plan to plead guilty in the federal case days after a US District Court judge rejected terms of a deal that was met with passionate objections by Arbery’s parents. Travis was the one who fatally shot the 25-year-old Arbery.
  • On Thursday, Greg McMichael—father of Travis—backed down from his own plan to plead guilty.

  • The third man is their Georgia neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, who was convicted of murder along with the McMichaels in a Georgia state court last fall. He did not attempt to strike a plea deal in the federal case. All three men got life sentences in the state trial, the McMichaels without the chance of parole.
  • “All we want is 100% justice for the Arbery family," said the victim's father, Marcus Arbery Sr., on Friday. "That’s all we’re looking for.”
(Read more Ahmaud Arbery stories.)

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