Ahmaud Arbery's Killers Request Reversals Of Hate Crimes Convictions

father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael
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Two of the white men serving life in prison for the 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery are seeking acquittal of their federal hate crimes convictions, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors argued last month that father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan willfully violated Arbery's right to enjoy a public road in Brunswick, Georgia, because of his race.

In separate motions for acquittal, the McMichaels' attorneys argued that prosecutors failed to prove facts of the case, including that Arbery's killing happened on a public street.

Travis McMichael's attorney argued in the 43-page document that the neighborhood's developer offered to make the streets available for public use, but the county did not expressly accept that offer.

Gregory McMichael's attorney also claimed the government failed to prove he targeted Arbery because of his race. Read more.

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