Man who recorded Ahmaud Arbery's shooting death on video arrested on murder charges

  • In US
  • 2020-05-21 23:27:05Z
  • By NBC News

The Georgia man who recorded the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery was arrested Thursday on charges of murder and attempted false imprisonment, authorities said.

William "Roddie" Bryan, 50, is the third person to be arrested in the Feb. 23 death of Ahmaud Arbery, 25. Byran will be booked into the Glynn County Jail, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested earlier this month after the video of Arbery's fatal shooting was released. The McMichaels have said they believed Arbery was a burglary suspect.

Arbery's family has said he was going for a run when he was shot to death in the coastal city of Brunswick.

In a statement Thursday, lawyers for Arbery's parents said the family was "relieved" that Bryan was arrested. "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."

A lawyer for Bryan, Kevin Gough, told "TODAY" earlier this month that Bryan had fully cooperated with investigators and was only a witness to the shooting.

Bryan was in his yard when he saw Arbery running, followed by a white pickup truck with the McMichaels in it, Gough said. Bryan followed them because he wanted a photo of Arbery, he said.

"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.

Gough added that Bryan voluntarily went to the local police department and answered questions during a "lengthy" interview without a lawyer.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.


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