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Man Who Filmed Ahmaud Arbery's Death Arrested on Related Charges

Newsweek logo Newsweek 5/21/2020 Daniel Villarreal
a close up of a man: Jasmine Arbery, sister of Ahmaud Arbery (R) and Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud's mother, comfort one another while people gather to honor Ahmaud at Sidney Lanier Park on May 9, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. Arbery was shot and killed while jogging in the nearby Satilla Shores neighborhood on February 23.. © Sean Rayford/Getty Jasmine Arbery, sister of Ahmaud Arbery (R) and Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud's mother, comfort one another while people gather to honor Ahmaud at Sidney Lanier Park on May 9, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. Arbery was shot and killed while jogging in the nearby Satilla Shores neighborhood on February 23..

William Roddy Bryan, the 50-year-old man who filmed the viral video of 25-year-old jogger Ahmaud Arbery being shot to death, has been arrested on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment in connection with Arbery's slaying.

Bryan has been booked into the Glynn County Jail and his case is being investigated in partnership with District Attorney Joyette Holmes of the Cobb County District Attorney's Office, according to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Bryan's arrest follows a recent public plea by the slain man's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, asking why Bryan didn't try to help stop her son's murder.

"Why would you videotape it? Why didn't he do anything to help? Why didn't he reach out right after the shooting? Why did he only come forward after the video was leaked?" Cooper-Jones asked in a May 11 interview.

Bryan has previously told CBS News he was trying to be a "good Samaritan" by recording the incident and says he has been "complete shock" since witnessing Arbery's alleged murder.

"I had nothing to do with it," Bryan said. "I am trying to get my life back to normal, and it's been smeared for the last week. I was told I was a witness and I am not sure what I am."

Lee Merritt, an attorney working with Cooper-Jones, called Bryan "a liar" and claimed that he has since tried to clear his name in the public sphere.

"If he was a good Samaritan, he would have honked his horn," Merritt said. "It's worth noting that on the video, he doesn't even flinch. He doesn't gasp. Shot after shot. He simply takes it all in."

On Wednesday, May 6, Gregory McMichaels, a 64-year-old former law enforcement official, and his 34-year-old son, Travis McMichaels, were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Arbery on February 23.

The father and son suspected Arbery of being involved in a string of local burglaries. Though the father claimed that Arbery attacked them, Bryan's video shows no such attack.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged both men with murder and aggravated assault before booking them into the Glynn County Jail.

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