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Three men who pursued, killed Ahmaud Arbery convicted of murder

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - Travis McMichael and his father Greg, the men who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery, were convicted of murder in a Georgia courtroom Wednesday.

William "Roddie" Bryan, who recorded the cellphone video that showed the killing of Arbery and sparked outrage when it surfaced two months later, was also convicted of murder.

The convictions carry a minimum sentence of life in prison. It is up to the judge to decide whether that comes with or without the possibility of parole.

The jury in the trial of the three white men charged in Ahmaud Arbery's slaying reached a verdict after more then 10 hours of deliberation.

The decision Wednesday comes almost two years after the 25-year-old Black man was killed while running outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick.

Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and jumped in a pickup truck to pursue Arbery after seeing him in their neighborhood.

Their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan joined the pursuit in his own pickup and recorded cellphone video of Travis McMichael firing the fatal shots.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that the defendants provoked a confrontation with Arbery and defense attorneys said their clients were acting in self-defense.

Arbery's killing became part of a larger national reckoning on racial injustice after the graphic video Bryan recorded leaked online two months later.

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