ATLANTA – The man who videotaped the murder of an unarmed black man who was shot while jogging in suburban Georgia was arrested on Thursday as the third white suspect charged in the racially accused murder case.
William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr., 50, of Brunswick, Georgia, was charged with the murder and attempted false imprisonment of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in February, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a short statement.
Bryan had emerged as the man who videotaped the murder that went viral and sparked outrage at the deaths of celebrities and activists.
Two other suspects, former police officer George McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, were each charged on 7 May by the GBI of serious assault and felony.
The McMichaels told police that they thought they were hunting for a burglary suspect in their coastal neighborhood, southern Georgia, and that they had attempted to arrest a civilian.
The McMichaels were arrested about 10 weeks after Arbery was shot on February 23, and just a few days after the video was posted online. After a national outcry, a local prosecutor asked the GBI to intervene.
Bryan had told police he was a bystander, his lawyer told the media earlier.
The case is also under investigation by the United States Department of Justice, and activists are calling for federal charges against hate crimes to be brought against the suspects as well.
The McMichaels are being held without prison in Glynn County Prison. There was no immediate information about the bond for Bryan, whose lawyer could not be reached immediately for comment.