The man who recorded the death of 25-year-old black man Ahmaud Arbery, Georgia resident William Bryan, has been arrested on a felony murder charge.
Bryan remained in a vehicle during Arbery’s death and recorded the events as they unfolded—showing Gregory and Travis McMichael track down and fatally shoot Arbery. The since-viral video ultimately led to their arrests and subsequent murder charges.
According to USA Today, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation started investigating Bryan two weeks ago when it first arrested the McMichaels.
From the report:
William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., 50, was arrested Thursday and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail, the bureau announced. GBI Director Vic Reynolds said earlier in the month the department was investigating Bryan, while Kevin Gough, the man’s attorney, had previously called on the GBI to clear his client’s name.
Bryan was also charged with criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment, the GBI announced in a statement. USA TODAY has reached out to Gough for comment.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 22, 2020
Kevin Gough, Bryan’s lawyer, has defended his client from criticism that he is a “perpetrator” or a “vigilante.”
Instead, Gough argued Bryan served instrumental in bringing details of the incident to light.
“Without Roddie Bryan, there would be no video of the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery,” Gough argued via BizPac Review. “Without that video, there would be no case. Mr. Bryan is not just a witness for the prosecution, but a key witness.”