Third Man Arrested For Murder For Shooting Of Ahmaud Arbery
by Sandy Malone and Christopher Berg
Brunswick, GA - The man who recorded the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery was arrested Thursday for the murder and attempted false imprisonment of Arbery.
William "Roddie" Bryan, joins Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael in being charged for murder, according to NBC News.
Bryan was in his yard when he saw Arbery running while being followed by a truck occupied by the McMichaels.
Bryan followed because he wanted to get a picture of Arbery as a possible suspect, according to Bryan's attorney, Kevin Gough.
"There had been a number of crimes in the neighborhood, and he didn't recognize him, and a vehicle that he did recognize was following him," Gough Said.
The video shows that Bryan was never directly involved in the altercation which left Arbery dead.
But lawyers for Arbery's family said that his involvement was clear.
"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 as well," the attorney said.
The police report said the incident began when Arbery jogged past the home of Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, the Associated Press reported.
The McMichaels told police afterwards that they thought Arbery was the suspect in several recent burglaries in the neighborhood, so they armed themselves and followed him.
The men jumped in their pickup truck and followed the 25 year old as he jogged through the neighborhood.
The video, filmed by Bryan, who was following in another vehicle, showed Arbery running up the middle of the residential road toward a white pickup truck was stopped ahead of him. A white pickup truck was stopped in the road ahead of him.
In the video, Arbery dodged to the right onto the grass to go around the stopped truck.
Yelling can be heard in the video for a second, and then a gunshot, just before Arbery reappeared in front of the truck.
The video showed Gregory McMichael standing up in the bed of the pickup with a gun in his hand.
Arbery appeared to engage Travis McMichael, who was holding a shotgun, in a struggle for the gun that drifted off camera for a split second.
While they were off-camera, Travis McMichael’s gun went off – a puff of smoke is visible on the left side of the screen that indicated where the gunshot came from.
The video showed Arbery and Travis McMichael veered back into the frame, still engaged in a struggle over the gun, and then there was a third gunshot.
Arbery took a couple steps away from Travis McMichael and collapsed face-first in the middle of the street, the video showed.
Gregory McMichael got down from the back of the pickup, gun in hand, and was walking toward where Arbery lay on the ground as the video ended.
The police report said he claimed he and his son had called out to Arbery and told him they wanted to talk to him, the Associated Press reported.
Gregory McMichael told police that Arbery “began to violently attack” his son and then the two men fought over the shotgun.
Arbery was shot twice and died.
No arrests were made for more than two months after the shooting, prompting outrage from Arbery’s family and community.
It wasn’t until after the video was released and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) got involved that anything happened.
Forty-eight hours later, both Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested for murder.
Since their arrests, a number of other videos have been released that allegedly showed Arbery trespassing in the home under construction in Satilla Shores.