BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A federal choose Wednesday postponed sentencing for the white males convicted of hate crimes within the killing of Ahmaud Arbery till Aug. 8.
U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood agreed to push sentencing hearings again one week after prosecutors cited a scheduling battle. She scheduled the three defendants to be sentenced individually throughout hearings spaced two hours aside.
Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan every face attainable life sentences after being convicted of hate crimes in February by a federal jury that concluded they chased and killed 25-year-old Arbery as a result of he was Black.
All three defendants are already serving life in jail for the February 23, 2020, killing after being discovered responsible of homicide in a Georgia state court docket final fall.
The McMichaels armed themselves and used a pickup truck to chase Arbery after recognizing him working of their neighborhood simply exterior the port metropolis of Brunswick. Bryan joined the pursuit in his personal truck and recorded cellphone video of Travis McMichael blasting Arbery with a shotgun.
None of the three males had been arrested till greater than two months later, when the graphic video of Arbery’s capturing leaked on-line and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case from native police.
Prosecutors in the course of the federal trial revealed greater than two dozen textual content messages and social media posts during which Travis McMichael and Bryan repeatedly used racist slurs. Witnesses additionally testified to listening to racist feedback spoken by each McMichaels.
Defense attorneys denied the McMichaels and Bryan focused Arbery due to his race. They argued the boys acted on an earnest, although mistaken, suspicion that Arbery had dedicated crimes of their neighborhood.