Man who recorded Georgia killing is charged
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.