The man who filmed the murder of Ahmaud Arbery has been arrested on felony murder charges and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed in a news release on Thursday.
GBI arrested 50-year-old William “Roddie” Bryan following the results of a lie detector exam, though they did not elaborate on the specifics of the exam. Bryan is responsible for the footage that showed the confrontation that led to Arbery’s murder back in February. 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his 34-year-old son Travis have been charged with his murder.
On May 10th, Bryan spoke to Action News Jax about the death threats that he and his family were receiving, just three days after the GBI announced that he was also under investigation.
“I am not feeling safe at all … I haven’t felt safe in at least 3-to-5 days now,” Bryan revealed. “Like Amy (Bryan’s fiancee) has said, the threats have been real.”
Bryan has repeatedly denied any participation in Arbery’s death despite the initial police report mentioning him, that said: “Roddy attempted to block him, which was unsuccessful.”
The attorneys for Arbery’s parents, S. Lee Merritt, Benjamin Crump, and L. Chris Stewart, released a statement expressing their gratitude for the arrest of Bryan.
“The family of Ahmaud Arbery was relieved to learn that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has today taken William ‘Roddie’ Bryan into custody. We called for his arrest from the very beginning of this process. His involvement in the murder of Mr. Arbery was obvious to us, to many around the country, and after their thorough investigation, it was clear to the GBI as well. The family of Mr. Arbery is thankful for the diligence of the GBI and the way in which they tirelessly pursued the evidence in this case. We want anyone who participated in the murder of Mr. Arbery to be held accountable.”
Bryan will be booked into the Glynn County Jail.