Man who recorded Ge­or­gia killing is charged

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SA­VAN­NAH, Ga. — The Ge­or­gia man who recorded cell­phone video of Ah­maud Ar­bery’s fa­tal shoot­ing was ar­rested Thurs­day and charged with mur­der in his death.

The Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion said 50-yearold Wil­liam “Rod­die” Bryan was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of felony mur­der and crim­i­nal at­tempt to com­mit false im­pris­on­ment. No other de­tails were given. The GBI said in a state­ment that it would hold a news con­fer­ence Fri­day morn­ing.

Ar­bery was killed Feb. 23 af­ter a white fa­ther and son armed them­selves and pur­sued the 25-year-old black man run­ning in their neigh­bor­hood. More than two months passed be­fore au­thor­i­ties ar­rested Gre­gory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, on sus­pi­cion of felony mur­der and ag­gra­vated as­sault. Gre­gory McMichael told po­lice that he sus­pected Ar­bery was a bur­glar and that Ar­bery at­tacked his son be­fore be­ing shot.

Bryan lives in the same sub­di­vi­sion, and the video he took from his ve­hi­cle helped stir a na­tional out­cry when it leaked on­line. Bryan’s at­tor­ney, Kevin Gough, did not re­turn a phone mes­sage. He has pre­vi­ously in­sisted Bryan played no role 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.”

Bryan’s video of the shoot­ing was taken from the driver’s seat of a ve­hi­cle fol­low­ing Ar­bery as he runs along a res­i­den­tial street. A pickup truck is parked in the road ahead of Ar­bery, with one man in the truck’s bed and an­other stand­ing be­side the open driver’s side door.

The video shows Ar­bery run­ning around the truck to the right be­fore he cuts 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.

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