Facts are being released about Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was running in through neighborhood and was headed off by two men (The McMichaels) with guns and another trailing with a video.
William Bryan seems to have portrayed himself in a light that wasn’t part of the McMichaels team, but as prosecutors are learning, that wasn’t the case. The narrative had Bryan as a concerned neighbor who had followed the situation from a distance with a cell phone, filming the fatal encounter.
🚨Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested man who filmed the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery on felony murder charge.
This comes after the family of Arbery and their attorneys have said for weeks that William Bryan also was an aggressor who needed to be arrested.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 21, 2020
But on Friday, Georgia officials determined that Bryan was more than an innocent bystander who recorded the last 30 seconds of Arbery’s life. Bryan, when interviewed by CNN, claimed his part in the incident was instrumental, “If there weren’t tape, then we wouldn’t know what happened.”
[NY Times] In charging him with murder, officials said that Bryan, who had joined the pursuit of Arbery and filmed the confrontation in late February from a short distance, had contributed to his death by attempting to “confine and detain” Arbery with his vehicle. Bryan, 50, was also charged with criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
“If we believed he was a witness, we wouldn’t have arrested him,” Vic Reynolds, the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told reporters at a news conference on Friday.
The video’s release also instigated sweeping investigations into the killing, the Glynn County Police Department’s handling of the case and eventually murder charges against three men, including Bryan, who was arrested on Thursday evening.
Kevin Gough, Bryan’s lawyer, said in a statement on Friday that Bryan had cooperated with law enforcement since the day of the shooting. “It feels like the only thing that has changed” regarding the case, Gough said, “are the changing political winds. But we will not rush to judgment.”
The charges against Bryan reflect the stark evolution of the case. Just weeks ago, the prevailing argument by prosecutors was that Arbery’s death was not a criminal offense and that none of the three men should be held criminally responsible.
Wow. The man who recorded the Ahmaud Arbery shooting in GA. went on CNN with his attorney who wouldn’t let him admit he’s named in the police report or say how it happened that he recorded the shooting. Then, the attorney insulted his clients intelligence pic.twitter.com/GIjF0QkQvS
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 12, 2020
A lot of people visited the house according to some of the videos released, so Arbery was not out of place. He was jogging through the neighborhood, and if you want to use the term running, he was running, which he has every right to jog where he wants. He did not stop at anyone else’s house; only the house under construction as I have done before myself it gives me ideas, and it’s simply amazing.
The McMichaels and the neighbor should have called the police only, but the question is, why did they not call the police for everyone that entered the construction site? They grabbed their guns and proceeded to become g-men, but it went too far.
On May 21, 2020, the GBI arrested William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., age 50, on charges of Felony Murder & Criminal Attempt to Commit False Imprisonment. Read the updated press release here ⬇️:https://t.co/VJCuz8chVr pic.twitter.com/MXcs8qEY8m
— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) May 21, 2020
Bryan’s lawyer now claims that his client and his client’s fiancée have lost their jobs because of the case and were in hiding until Wednesday after receiving threats, in which he was arrested and charged in the Arbery case.
Before it hit the fan, he was all talk about him helping block the victim’s path. Now the story changes to “had nothing to do with it.” Recording yourself committing a crime does not make you an innocent bystander.
He can or could be considered an accessory to murder as he did Not call 911 as the incident was happening. He should be held accountable for that at least.
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