William “Roddie” Bryan was arrested and charged with felony murder in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. (screenshots) Get the latest BPR news delivered free to your inbox daily. SIGN UP HERE.
William “Roddie” Bryan — the Georgia man who filmed the tragic shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery — was charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) began investigating Bryan two weeks ago, when it arrested former police officer Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34.
Bryan is a neighbor of the McMichaels who lives just minutes from where Arbery, 25, was fatally shot. He was listed as a witness in the initial police report, but has since been arrested. (Source: George Bureau of Investigation) Bryan’s lawyer, Kevin Gough, reminded reporters that it was his client’s video that led to the arrests of Gregory and Travis McMichael. Gough said Bryan is a “key witness” in the crime — not a perpetrator.
“Without Roddie Bryan, there would be no video of the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery,” Gough said. “Without that video, there would be no case. Mr. Bryan is not just a witness for the prosecution, but a key witness.”
Gough previously said: “Roddie Bryan is not now, and has never been, more than a witness to the shooting. 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.”
The McMichaels were charged with felony murder and aggravated assault on May 7 shortly after the chilling video that Bryan filmed of them shooting Arbery went viral. (Source: News4Jax )
The Ahmaud Arbery case has been rabidly covered by the media and has stoked racial tensions amid accusations that the McMichaels hunted him down because they […]