Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Ahmaud Arbery Killers Found Guilty

The Daily Mail is reporting that all three of the men involved in the shooting Ahmaud Arbery have been found guilty of murder. The actual shooter, Travis McMichael, was found guilty of "malice murder" as well as several other felonies. His father, Gregory McMichael, and the neighbor that helped them, William 'Roddie' Bryan, were found guilty of felony murder in addition to other felonies. 

    If you don't know, felony murder is, according to Black's Law Dictionary, where "one whose conduct brought about an unintended death in the commission or attempted commission of a felony [is] guilty of murder (e.g., a homicide committed during an armed robbery)." It is a common law doctrine, but may be limited in its application by statute in certain states. The death doesn't need to be one of the victims of the felony; it is not uncommon to see one of a group of felons killed in self-defense and his co-conspirator(s) charged under the felony murder doctrine.

    Any thinking person with knowledge of the facts will know that Arbery was casing the neighborhood where he was shot. But the mere casing of the neighborhood does not create a situation where anyone is under an imminent danger of grave bodily injury. Imminent danger does not mean "a half-hour from now," "later in the day," "tomorrow," etc. It means "immediate danger, such as must be instantly met, such as cannot be guarded against by calling for the assistance of others or the protection of the law." 

    As always, I'm not your attorney and this is not legal advice

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