Just weeks following the arrest of Gregory and Travis McMichael, the man who filmed the fatal shooting has now been charged. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old William “Roddie” Bryan was arrested on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
In a previous press conference, it was mentioned that William might be charged as well. The GBI will hold another news conference Friday morning.
Arbery was killed Feb. 23 when a white father and son pursued him once they saw him running in their neighborhood. It took more than two months before an arrest was made. Social media outrage led to the arrest of Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. The McMichaels were arrested on May 7, after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the shooting investigation from Glynn County police.
Gregory McMichael told police he suspected Arbery was a burglar and that Arbery attacked his son before being shot. The McMichaels said that there was a string of break-ins in the area. Authorities confirmed that there were no break-ins reported, other than a firearm missing from Gregory truck.
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After the killing, according to a Glynn County Police report, Gregory McMichael told police he thought Arbery, looked like a person suspected in a series of a recent break-ins in the Satilla Shores neighborhood. • • But according to Glynn County Police Lt. Cheri Bashlor, just one automobile burglary in the neighborhood was reported when a 9 mm pistol was stolen January 1 from an unlocked truck outside the McMichaels’ home. • • Follow us for more FB: Tea With Tia IG: teawithtia Twitter: teawithtia_
Bryan lives in the same subdivision just outside the port city of Brunswick. He recorded the video from his vehicle as he followed Ahmaud. Soon after the GBI’s involvement was announced, a Brunswick attorney with access to the shooting video released it to a local radio station and it was spread online causing national outrage. (See video below) *Viewers Discretion Advised*
Bryan’s attorney, Kevin Gough, did is insisting that Bryan didn’t take part in Arbery’s death.
“Roddie Bryan is not now, and has never been, more than a witness to the shooting,” Gough said in a statement on the case Monday. “He is not a vigilante. Roddie did not participate in the horrific killing of this young man. Mr. Bryan has committed no crime, and bears no criminal responsibility in the death of Ahmaud Arbery.”
Bryan’s video was shot from his driver’s side as he followed behind Arbery while he ran down the street (as seen in the video above). As seen in the video, there is a pickup truck parked in the middle of the road ahead of Arbery, won’t of the McMichaels was on the truck’s bed, and the other was standing beside the open driver’s side door.
The video shows Arbery run around the parked truck, right before he gets back in front of it. Then a gunshot can be heard, followed by a second shot. Arbery can be seen punching a man holding what appears to be a shotgun, who then fires a third shot point-blank. Arbery staggers and falls face down in the street.
Gregory McMichael retired last year after more than two decades as an investigator for the local prosecutor’s office. Due to these close ties, Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson was asked to be recused from the case. Two outside prosecutors assigned the case have also stepped aside.
The McMichaels are being held in Glynn County Prison without bond. The father and son duo are both waiting for a preliminary court hearing and for a judge to decide whether to free them on bond pending trial. Attorneys for the father and son have urged people not to rush to judgment in the case.
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