Authorities in Georgia Thursday arrested and charged man who filmed his two white neighbors shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery in Feb
William ‘Roddie’ Bryan Jr. was arrested Thursday on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment, officials said Thursday
Bryan Jr., 50, who filmed his two white neighbors shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery is arrested on multiple charges including MURDER and false imprisonment
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis , 34, were already charged with the murder of unarmed Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, back in February
Bryan, a neighbor of the McMichaels, watched and took footage of the attack
His cellphone footage exposed the brutal killing of the jogger
He will be booked into the Glynn County Jail, officials said Thursday
Appearing on the DR. Phil Show, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, [photo], said she believes William Bryan Jr. was one of at least three men who boxed in her son and shot him to death. She wants all involved to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law
William Bryan Jr. lives just a few houses away from the McMichaels, close to where the killing took place. He has said he was only a ‘witness’ and not an accomplice in the shooting.
The killers evaded prosecution for more than two months, after the father and son team initially claimed they thought Arbery was a burglar after a spate of thefts in the area, and that he attacked them when they tried to make a citizen’s arrest.
But the shocking cellphone footage, recorded by Bryan, was leaked months later, showing the two men chasing and gunning down the victim in the street.
The lawyer for Arbery’s family has noted that the 25-year-old jogger was chased for four minutes by his killers before being gunned down.
Former cop Gregory McMichael [left], 64, and his 34-year-old son Travis McMichael [right] have both been charged with murder and aggravated assault over the February 23 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. The 25-year-old who is Black was jogging in their neighborhood when they chased him down in a truck
The disturbing footage showed the men ‘ambushing’ Arbery as he tried to run past their pickup truck.
The leak of the video sparked outrage across the nation with liberral activists, high profile sports figures and entertainers all leading cries for the McMichaels to be charged with killing Arbery.
Arbery’s mother, in an interview with Dr. Phil, hit out at Bryan.
Wanda Cooper Cooper said she wants ‘all hands’ involved ‘to be prosecuted to the highest’, telling Dr Phil she ‘strongly believes’ Bryan was involved.
The question is how Bryan Jr happened on recording the graphic footage chronicling the shocking moment black jogger Ahmaud Arbery is shot dead by white team of Travis and Gregory McMichael. The video shows the men essentially ‘ambushing’ Arbery as he tried to run past the chasing pickup truck
Bryan’s attorney Kevin Gough has previously denied claims his client was armed at the time of the killing and insisted he is ‘not a vigilante’.
Bryan has claimed there had been a ‘number of crimes in the neighborhood in recent weeks. His account is disputed by police who said there were no burglaries reported in the two months leading up to the young man’s death.
Gough also said the shooting simply ‘start[ed] happening in front of him’ and Bryan had handed over the footage to police ‘immediately’ after the incident.
Gough told Weekend TODAY his client had arrived at the scene after he saw Arbery running through the neighborhood, pursued by the McMichaels in their truck.
‘He was in his yard and this just starts happening in front of him,’ said Gough. ‘He gets in his car and is trying to document that.’
Gregory McMichael [left] was arrested last week [right], at his home by agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Travis McMichael seen, [left], being led out by a member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations is the shooter seen in the video. Last week Thursday he was arrested and led away in handcuffs, along with his dad
Responding to the burning question why Bryan followed and filmed the attack, Gough said his client was ‘was trying to get [Arbery’s] picture… because there had been a number of crimes in this neighborhood and he didn’t recognize him and a vehicle that he did recognize was following him.’
‘From day one Mr Bryan has fully cooperated with law enforcement officers investigating this matter,’ he said in the First Coast News footage.
Gough said Bryan handed the cellphone footage to police as soon as officers arrived on the scene.
Bryan ‘disclosed the existence of the videotape and invited a responding Glynn County police officer to sit with him in his truck where they watched the video together,’ Gough said.
‘Mr Bryan went home and came back out to the crime scene shortly after at the request of law enforcement to further assist them and then later Mr Bryan voluntarily went to the Glynn County Police Department where he answered all the questions they had for him without a lawyer during a lengthy interview.’
Wanda Cooper Jones seen [photo], with her son [left]has publicly called out Bryan who she believes was party to the murder. Bryan has admitted he watched and shot the footage of the attack
He said the ‘family man’ ‘does not understand’ why he is being investigated over the shooting.
‘Despite his cooperation and for reasons he does not understand Mr Bryan has learned the family and apparently their lawyers are demanding he be arrested,’ said Gough.
‘He is not and never has been a vigilante.’
The attorney who leaked the footage shot by Bryan to the press said he did it because he believed it would clear the McMichaels of any crime.
Attorney Alan Tucker told Inside Edition that he was a close friend of the two men charged with Arbery’s murder. ‘I really thought releasing the video would put the truth out to the public,’ Tucker stated.
‘If he [Arbery] had just froze and hadn’t done anything, then he wouldn’t have been shot.’
Gregory McMichael retired last year after more than two decades as an investigator for the local prosecutor’s office. Because of those ties, Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson recused herself from the case.
Two outside prosecutors assigned the case have also stepped aside.
The McMichaels weren’t charged or arrested until May 7, after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the shooting investigation from Glynn County police.
Soon after the GBI’s involvement was announced, a Brunswick attorney with access to the shooting video released it to a local radio station — and copies soon proliferated online.
As attorneys for the father and son have urged people not to rush to judgment in the case, the McMichaels remain jailed in Glynn County waiting for a preliminary court hearing and for a judge to decide whether to free them on bond pending trial..