Ahmaud Arbery

There's Been a Third Arrest In the Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

William "Roddie" Bryan, Jr., who filmed the killing of Arbery, was charged felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
21 May 2020, 10:28pm
A group of protesters march from the Glynn County Courthouse in downtown to a police station after a rally to protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Brunswick, Ga.

Georgia authorities have arrested a third man in connection to the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the young black man who was shot dead in broad daylight while jogging in a white suburban neighborhood earlier this year.

On Thursday afternoon, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced the arrest of William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. 50, who caught the last moments of Arbery’s life on his cellphone. He’s being charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

The 30-second video taken by Bryan shows 25-year-old Arbery running down the street and encountering ex-cop Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, both white. The McMichaels have claimed that they suspected Arbery of committing burglaries in the neighborhood and decided to pursue him. They claimed that Arbery attacked Travis upon confrontation, and in response, the younger McMichael opened fire, shooting him three times, twice in the chest.

The release of the video in late April sparked protests and jump-started the case, which had stalled since February. But as the weeks wore on, questions about Bryan’s complicity in the shooting and calls for his arrest started to mount.

Civil rights lawyer S. Lee Meritt has argued that Bryan assisted the McMichaels in their pursuit of Arbery and “corralled” him.

The Justice Department said earlier this month that they were weighing possible federal hate crime charges against the McMichaels.

Cover: A group of protesters march from the Glynn County Courthouse in downtown to a police station after a rally to protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Brunswick, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

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