Man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery killing arrested and charged with murder

Ahmaud Arbery

US man who filmed Arbery shooting video charged with murder

This image from video posted on Twitter Tuesday, May 5, 2020, purports to show Ahmaud Arbery stumbling and falling to the ground after being shot as Travis McMichael stands by holding a shotgun in a neighborhood outside Brunswick, Ga., on February 23, 2020. Bryan is the third person charged in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery.

The video features a perspective from a vehicle trailing Arbery and shows him being confronted by the younger McMichael armed with what appears to be a shotgun before a shot is fired, the two men are seen fighting and a second shot is fired before the video concludes.

Mr Bryan lives in the same subdivision, and the video he took from the cab of his vehicle sparked a national outcry when it leaked online.

Mr Arbery staggers and falls face down in the street. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation made a decision to charge Bryan as they believe he purposely tried to block Arbery with his vehicle as he tried to flee from the McMichaels.

US man who filmed Arbery shooting video charged with murder

The McMichaels remain in a Glynn County jail waiting for a preliminary court hearing and for a judge to decide whether to free them on bond pending trial.

How was William Bryan allegedly involved?

Reynolds said Bryan's sudden arrest was not due to a "last moment of epiphany".

He is also mentioned in the Glynn County police report of the shooting, in which officers noted that Mr Bryan had unsuccessfully tried to block Mr Arbery's path. Agents later searched Bryan's home, several TV stations reported.

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On Monday, Gough also said that Bryan was unarmed at the time of the shooting and "was not in communication with Gregory or Travis McMichael, or anyone else, during that timeframe".

Reynolds said during the press conference he understood "people's concern or curiosity" about the fact that Bryan is charged with murder, even though he is not accused of shooting Arbery almost three months ago.

"Contrary to speculation, the polygraph examination confirms that on 23 Feb 2020, the day of the shooting, William "Roddie" Bryan did not have any conversation with either Gregory or Travis McMichael prior to the shooting".

Kevin Gough, an attorney for Bryan, maintained his client's innocence even when there weren't any charges against him. "We know that we have a broken family and a broken community down in Brunswick", Holmes said.

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Reynolds said he hoped the handling of the case by the GBI "brings an air of credibility to the criminal justice system particularly here in our state". Since Georgia lacks a hate crime law, any hate crime prosecution would have to be done by the U.S. Justice Department.

Meanwhile, the FBI said on Thursday it had opened an investigation into the another case of a black American shot dead amid conflicting narratives.

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