Ahmaud Arbery Case: Man Who Filmed Killing Arrested For Murder

Yolanda Curtis
May 22, 2020

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. The elder defendant allegedly told cops they suspected Arbery in a series of burglaries.

Details pertaining to the initial investigation of Arbery's death, which has been handled by four different prosecutors, have been heavily scrutinized in recent weeks, and attorneys for Arbery's mother have charged that it was "mishandled from the very beginning".

"Contrary to speculation, the polygraph examination confirms that on 23 Feb 2020, the day of the shooting, William "Roddie" Bryan did not have any conversation with either Gregory or Travis McMichael prior to the shooting".

Mr Bryan has since taken a voluntary lie detector test - which law enforcement had not requested, his lawyer said in a statement on Monday.

Bryan initially claimed he was being a good Samaritan by recording Arbery's death, though that description quickly came under scrutiny. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation chose to charge Bryan as they believe he purposely tried to block Arbery with his vehicle as he tried to flee from the McMichaels.

Bryan took the viral cellphone footage depicting the chase and killing of Arbery, 25, on February 23 in Glynn County. Then a gunshot can be heard, followed by a second shot.

Three gunshots are fired before Arbery falls to the ground.

The McMichaels weren't arrested until May 7, after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the shooting investigation from Glynn County police. 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 copies soon proliferated online.

Bryan will be booked into the Glynn County Jail, GBI said. Attorneys for the father and son have urged people not to rush to judgment in the case.

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