The man who filmed the death of Ahmaud Arbery, who lives in Georgia, was arrested on charges of murder, state authorities reported Thursday.
William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr., 50, was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in connection with George and Travis McMichael, who filmed Bryan killing Arbery. Lee Merritt, Arbery’s family lawyer, released extensive footage from Bryan’s cell phone showing that Bryan got into his car and chased Arbery with the McMichaels, then continued filming while Arbery was shot.
It was “clear to us, for many across the country, and after their thorough investigation, it was also clear to the GBI,” that Bryan was involved in the murder, Merritt, and other lawyers said in a statement.
The murder of African-American Arbery in February by white McMichaels caused national outrage. The McMichaels alleged that Arbery looked like a suspected burglar nearby and reason to confront him. The two men brought a .357 Magnum and shotgun and shot Arbery, who was unarmed, during the confrontation.
George McMichael, 64, is a retired investigator in Glynn County, where the murder took place. Two district commissioners told the story Atlanta Journal-Constitution Earlier this month, that prosecutor Jackie Johnson initially prevented officers from arresting the McMichaels after the February murder.
The United States Department of Justice is considering charges against federal hate crimes against the McMichaels.
“We will continue to review all information and will take all appropriate measures justified by the facts and the law,” said DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec earlier this month.