The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested the man who recorded the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
William “Roddie” Bryan, 50, shot the video that showed Gregory and Travis McMichael shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery while he was out jogging in February.
In a news release, the GBI said it charged Bryan with felony murder and criminal contempt to commit false imprisonment.
On May 21, 2020, the GBI arrested William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., age 50, on charges of Felony Murder & Criminal Attempt to Commit False Imprisonment. These charges stem from the February 23, 2020 incident that resulted in the death of Ahmaud Arbery. He will be booked into the Glynn County Jail.
This case is being investigated in partnership with District Attorney Joyette Holmes of the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.
The video Bryan shot was leaked earlier this month, sparking outrage and the eventual arrest of the McMichael’s on murder charges in Arbery’s death.
The attorneys for Arbery family said they believe that Bryan had a hand in Arbery’s murder.
“Right now, we know that he recorded this video from a very close proximity. According to his attorney, he was home one minute and within minutes, he was behind Ahmaud Arbery with his cellphone, recording his ambush,” Arbery family attorney Lee Merritt said during an appearance on the “Tamron Hall Show” Monday.
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“His response to this very loud, violent shotgun shots repeatedly, and someone being murdered in front of him, was silence. He just kept recording. You didn’t hear him gasp. He didn’t cut off the camera. He didn’t intervene. He didn’t honk his horn. And we believe that is because he knew what was about to happen, and he played a role in it.”
Attorneys for the Arbery family released a statement after the third arrest saying they were ‘relieved to learn that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has today taken William ‘Roddie’ Bryan into custody…. The family of Mr. Arbery is thankful for the diligence of the GBI and they way in which they tirelessly pursued the evidence in this case. We want anyone who participated in the murder of Mr. Arbery to be held accountable.”
The GBI said Bryan will be booked into the Glynn County Jail. A news conference with the GBI is expected Friday morning at 9 a.m. We’ll carry it live on Channel 2 Action News.