US jury convicts 3 white men of Black man's murder

Three white men have been convicted of murder in last year's shooting death of a Black man in the US state of Georgia.

A jury delivered the verdict on Wednesday in the trial of former police officer Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and their neighbor, who filmed the shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery while he was jogging in February 2020.

The McMichaels claimed during the trial at a state court that the shooting was an act of self-defense, saying Arbery tried to assault them.

The sentences will be handed down later, but the defendants' lawyer has said they will appeal.

Police did not arrest the defendants until footage of the shooting spread online more than two months later. The police's response drew accusations of racism.

The verdict follows the ruling of another high-profile case involving fatal shootings in the US.

Last week, a jury in Wisconsin acquitted a white teenager of all charges in the fatal shooting of two white men and the wounding of another during racial justice protests last year. The verdict triggered protests.

President Joe Biden said in a statement that the verdict on the Georgia case ensures that those who committed a horrible crime will be punished.

He said, "While the guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough."

He said, "Instead, we must recommit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin."