Three white men were found guilty of murder and other charges on Wednesday for the pursuit and fatal shooting of 25-year-old black man Ahmaud Arbery in a case that, together with the killing of George Floyd, helped inspire the racial justice protests of last year.
Arbery was jogging in Brunswick, Georgia, when he was fatally shot in 2020.
The three defendants — 35-year-old Travis McMichael, his father 65-year-old Gregory McMichael and their neighbour 52-year-old William Bryan — face sentences of up to life in prison for the crimes.
The men have also been indicted on separate federal charges, including hate crimes and attempted kidnapping, and are expected to stand trial in February on those charges.
Mr. Arbery's mother Wanda Cooper-Jones reacted to the ruling, saying "it's been a hard fight, but God is good".
She thanks those who marched in protests and as well as those who prayed for her family.