Man who filmed unarmed black man’s shooting charged with murder

The man who recorded Ahmaud Arbery being shot dead has been arrested on charges of murder and attempted false imprisonment.

William “Roddie” Bryan, 50, is the third person to be charged over the shooting of the 25-year-old, whose death has sparked outrage in the US since a video of the incident emerged earlier this month.

He was unarmed when he was shot while out jogging in the coastal city of Brunswick, Georgia, on 23 February.

The first two suspects to be charged with murder were Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, who said they believed Mr Arbery was a burglary suspect.

Gregory McMichael and his son Travis. Pic: Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Image:Travis McMichael and his father were the first two people arrested. Pic: Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Lawyers for the victim’s parents said the family was “relieved” that Bryan had also now been arrested.

“His involvement in the murder of Mr Arbery was obvious to us, to many around the country and after their thorough investigation it was clear to the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) as well,” they said in a statement.

The GBI said Bryan would be booked into the Glynn County Jail.

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A lawyer for Bryan, Kevin Gough, previously told Sky News’ partner organisation NBC News that Bryan was only a witness to the shooting and had fully cooperated with police.

He claimed that Bryan was in his yard when he saw Mr Arbery running, followed by a white pickup truck with the McMichaels in it.

Bryan followed them because he wanted a photo of Mr Arbery, Mr Gough said.

Ahmaud Arbery
Image:Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead on 23 February as he was running

Mr Gough said: “There had been a number of crimes in the neighbourhood, and he didn’t recognise him, and a vehicle that he did recognise was following him.”

He added that Bryan voluntarily went to local police and answered questions during a “lengthy” interview without a lawyer.

The attorney said a polygraph test Bryan took showed he was unarmed at the time of the shooting – and that it confirmed he did not have any conversation with Gregory or Travis McMichael that day prior to the shooting.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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