Third Man Arrested For Murder For Shooting Of Ahmaud Arbery

Christopher Berg

A third man has been arrested for murder.

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.

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JBoH
JBoH

I think making a case against Bryan will be tough for the prosecutor. Apparently there was no interaction or communication with the McMichaels prior to the shooting and that will knock out any conspiracy. It also will be difficult to prove intent to commit a crime since Bryan was not in close proximity to the incident and didn't get out of his vehicle.

With the McMichaels, they have a problem and should probably pack a toothbrush when they come to court.

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h0ghestcomndenom
h0ghestcomndenom

The McMichaels were the ones that snitched on him. They made the connection for the investigation.

Quasar704
Quasar704

There didn't have to be "communication"... Bryan saw his friends casing someone and joined the chase, he wasn't "just recording". I don't think the GBI charged him just for the hell of it, why do you all not trust the blue all of a sudden? What happened to "Back the blue"?

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

it doesn't fit there narrative of "cops can do no wrong!"

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Who said anything about a conspiracy? who said anything about intent? the case against bryan is pretty simply. the group of people he was with (they all chased after arbery) committed a felony, during which one of them killed Arbery. Seems pretty cut and dry to me. if the prosecutor can get a conviction on the initial felony, these charges will be easy.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The charge makes no sense to me. If they start arresting everyone who films an incident (not a crime) there won't be enough room in all the jails.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Back to your cell, homie!

Motor141
Motor141

It’s all political, the only crime committed was on Arbery’s part...end of story...it’s not a hard conclusion to come too!

JBoH
JBoH

The thing is...he wasn't with them. He was in his front yard when he saw the McMichaels drive by following Arbrey. There's no indication that he communicated with the McMichaels or that the three of them had a plan to commit a crime. That's required for a conspiracy charge.

When he got into his truck and followed the McMichaels, there's no indication that he got out of the truck at any time during this or was at the actual scene of the shooting (he was back behind the McMichael's truck at some distance). Intent is required for felony murder or at the least, gross negligence/depraved indifference for manslaughter.

The reason I brought up conspiracy is that if the McMichaels are convicted of felony murder you might could get Bryan on conspiracy to commit if they were engaged in a conspiracy (between two or more people) to commit a crime. The prosecutor will not be able to prove intent with Bryan.

I've arrested several people on those exact charges (although not in Georgia) and that's how it works.

Quasar704
Quasar704

Well according to TWO different Law enforcement agencies the accused committed major crimes... Aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and felony murder are a little more serious than “trespassing”🙄.

Why do we no longer “back the blue” all of a sudden? Do you honestly think the GBI just wanted to arrest these people? Do you think the Glynn county PD wanting to charge the men before the video was ever released is due to “political pressure”? Race card declined.

Quasar704
Quasar704

He WAS with them did you read the statement Greg gave the investigators?

Quasar704
Quasar704

Intent is not required for felony murder in Georgia. The commission of a felony that results in a death... Even if the offender didn’t actually kill the person... Constitutes felony murder in this state.

Example: Tom robs a store, the clerk gets an opportunity to stop Tom and tries to shoot him but inadvertently hits a bystander and kills that bystander. Tom is responsible for that death and will be charged with Felony murder because his felonious actions caused that death.

Quasar704
Quasar704

The charge makes perfect sense. He wasn’t arrested simply for recording the incident. He was arrested because he participated in the attempt to falsely imprison Arbery. False imprisonment is a felony in GA, the felonious act of falsely imprisoning Arbery resulted in his death... REGARDLESS of whether he was “out for a jog” or not. REGARDLESS of whether he had a “criminal record” or not. REGARDLESS of whether he was “wearing work boots and khakis” or not😆😆😆.

Quasar704
Quasar704

It’s really that simple and I really don’t get how current and former LEOs can’t grasp this simple concept

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

as per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felony_murder_rule: The rule of felony murder is a legal doctrine in some common law jurisdictions that broadens the crime of murder: when an offender kills (regardless of intent to kill) in the commission of a dangerous or enumerated crime (called a felony in some jurisdictions), the offender, and also the offender's accomplices or co-conspirators, may be found guilty of murder.

So yeah, I don't think there was a conspiracy to kill him, but using the above definition, it looks like the felony murder rule does apply (the murder was committed by an accomplice during the commission of a felony)

JBoH
JBoH

Wiki is correct about the felony murder rule and I believe there is some form of that in almost all, if not all jurisdictions as well as having been codified in most jurisdictions. In a nutshell, if anyone dies during the commission of a felony, the perpetrators of the original felony can be charged with murder, even if it's a heart attack.

The point I'm trying to make is, how is Bryan involved...other than following, alone in his truck, and video recording while driving? Being in close proximity when a crime is committed doesn't, by itself, make a person guilty of participating in the crime. As far as I've been able to determine, no one says that Bryan ever got out of the truck to participate in this murder or help commit another related felony or conspired in advance to assist in these events. I don't see any felonies that Bryan participated in or see any evidence to support the charges against Bryan although GBI may be keeping evidence under wrap so that may be a wait and see type thing.

It's like @LEO0301 said, if you arrest everyone that's videoing, we're gonna run out of jail cells. That's what most people are doing now days anyway. As far as the McMichaels go, I think the evidence supports those charges and they're going to wind up owning this.

Quasar704
Quasar704

You’re being willfully ignorant, Greg McMichael ratted Bryan out and he was arrested for the role he played in the chase. That’s it... There’s no “conspiracy against the white man”. This isn’t a “political play”...

This article contains a pdf of the actual police report in which McMichael told investigators on the scene that “Roddy” tried to block him (Arbery) in.

Motor141
Motor141

Because we are not brainwashed as you clearly are...It's really that SIMPLE...!!!

Quasar704
Quasar704

😆😂😭😭😭. So let me get this straight. A man is accused of committing a crime after giving a statement to investigators. In this statement he implicated another accomplice. In your mind, the LE agency investigating the incident should not arrest this accomplice named in the statement unless they are doing so for politically motivated reasons? And if I believe the accomplice was rightfully arrested after being. named as an accomplice BY THE SUSPECT I’m “brainwashed”? That’s brilliant😆😂😭😭😭

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

My uninformed guess would be that it is related to the search warrant that was executed Tuesday night at the McMichaels' residence...

Laughriot
Laughriot

What kind of fucking retard would even consider bringing murder charges against Bryan in this situation, he’ll they’ll be lucky to convict the McMichaels since the “jogger” attacked.

Marxest
Marxest

Another white criminal male that was part of the lynch mob that murdered Mr Ahmaud Arbery has been apprehended and charged by the law enforcement officers at The Georgia Bureau of Investigation. That's good. Arbery's murder was horrible and the fact that it was recorded for posterity was worst, but the whitewash and unlawful cover up by the racist D.A.'s was the biggest atrocity. Hopefully all the men involved in this heinous crime will be convicted and spend the rest of their vile lives in prison and Justice will be served.

Ahmaud Arbery, rest in peace, your life mattered.

rwingjr
rwingjr

Who wrote this story? NBC, Blue Lives Matter, or the tooth fairy? Sorry, I've followed the story from before it became a national story, and this story has more false claims in it than almost anything I've read yet. Or, I suppose it's possible, every other report I've read and videos I've seen have been tampered with. SMH

Canadian Guy
Canadian Guy

It's been reported that the video taken by Bryan is actually over 4 minutes long. Why didn't they release the entire video?
It may be that these charges are related to the first 3.5 minutes of video that wasn't released.

Viking24
Viking24

This arrest is leverage to try and get him to incriminate the father and son. Strictly political, and strategically carried out to keep the
media coverage rolling!

cspcapt
cspcapt

why don't they arrest other who film officers being assaulted and even taunted by the video person?

Motor141
Motor141

It’s all political...all for show!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I am extremely glad that he video'd the encounter. If he had not done so, then I don't think there would have been any arrests and/or criminal charges here.


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