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Case Number: 22-cr-00343
Judge: Timothy R. Walmsley
Court: Circuit Court, Glynn County, Georgia
Plaintiff's Attorney: Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikoski
Description: Brunswick, Georgia criminal defense lawyer represented Defendants charged with first-degree murder.
Travis McMichael, age 35, Gregory McMichael, age 65, and William "Roddie" Bryan were charged with shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery chasing him down with a truck in a most white neighborhood.
McMichael testified that justified in shooting and killing Arbery because he feared that Arbery was going to take his shotgun away from him.
McMichael took the stand in an effort to convince the jury that his pursuit of Arbery was justified because he thought that Arbery was a burglar.
Arbery had nothing on him besides his running clothes.
Defense lawyers have have asserted that the men were legally trying to stop Arbery under a now-repealed Georgia citizen's arrest law.
"Linda Dunikoski, a prosecutor brought in from the Atlanta area, struck a careful tone in a case that many saw as an obvious act of racial violence." News York Timers 11/26/2021
The approach that Linda Dunikoski took in trying the case that she was given is being hailed as very smart and likely played an important role in the defendants being convicted. New York Times, 11/27/2021
Outcome: The Defendants were all found guilty and will likely sentenced for life in prison. Defendants were all sentenced to life in prison. The Michaels will never get out of prison and William Bryan will likely die in prison, being sentenced to 30 years.