THE sister of Ahmaud Arbery’s killer Travis McMichael admitted she posted a disturbing image of the 25-year-old’s blood-soaked body on Snapchat.
Travis, 35, his father Gregory McMichael, 65, and their friend William “Roddie” Bryan were convicted of Arbery’s murder on Wednesday.
Arbery was shot dead while he was out jogging in Brunswick, Georgia on February 23, 2020.
Lindsay McMichael, the sister of Travis, admitted posting an unedited image of Arbery's body on her Snapchat account but claimed she didn’t mean it maliciously.
She said: “I had no nefarious or malicious intent when I posted that picture.
“The thing is I’m a huge fan of true crime – I listen to four or five podcasts a week – I’m constantly watching that sort of thing.
“It was more of a ‘Holy s***, I can’t believe this has happened. It was absolutely poor judgment."
The Arbery family lawyer Lee Merritt slammed Lindsay’s actions at the time as he branded the chilling image “very disturbing".
Arbery’s mom broke down in tears in the courtroom and shouted “justice” after the three men were convicted of her son’s murder.
Wanda Cooper-Jones said the family had waited a long time for justice.
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She said: “My prayers have been answered. We finally was able to go through a lengthy trial and get justice for Ahmaud. Today was a good day.”
Arbery was confronted by the McMichael's who claimed he was a suspect in a series of alleged local break-ins.
The McMichael's reportedly then went to make a "citizen's arrest" by following him in their white pickup truck while armed with a pistol and shotgun.
After exiting the truck, Travis fatally shot Arbery three times and later claimed self-defense.
He alleged that Arbery grabbed at his gun and refused his order to get on the ground, according to authorities.
It is believed the first shot was to Arbery's chest, the second was to his hand, and the third was to his chest again before he collapsed.
Bryan captured the fatal shooting on video.
Months after Arbery was gunned down, the video of his death emerged online which led to the arrests of the trio, after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case from local police.
The three men all issued not guilty pleas to the judge but were convicted on various counts.
Travis was charged and subsequently found guilty, of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
Gregory was found not guilty for the charge of malice murder, and guilty of four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
While, Bryan was found guilty of aggravated assault and felony murder.
In her final statement, prosecutor Linda Dunikoski said: "You can’t claim self-defense if you are the unjustified aggressor. Who started this? It wasn’t Ahmaud Arbery."
They could face life behind bars.
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