William Roddie Bryan,the man who reportedly captured Arbery’s killing on camera on Feb. 23. was arrested on Thursday without incident and charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.He is now the third suspect to be arrested.
Bryan began recording the video while driving behind Arbery shortly before Gregory and Travis McMichael, the men charged with killing him stopped him with their truck and confronted him as he ran down Holmes Road, during what his family says was a jog.
Arrest warrants obtained by 11Alive, and Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds’ comments on Friday, give a view into how law enforcement and prosecutors see Bryan being tried.
The first arrest warrant for criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment states that Bryan “did attempt to confine and detain Ahmaud Arbery without legal authority, by attempting to confine Arbery utilizing his vehicle on multiple occasions, with the intention of confining and detaining Arbery.”
The act of that felony, the second warrant states, helped cause Arbery’s death. According to Reynolds,by committing an underlying felony that resulted in murder, even if not directly at his hands,Bryan can be charged with felony murder under Georgia law.
In Georgia,felony murder is a crime where if a committed felony crime leads to the death of a human being,then that’s a felony murder. “As the warrants indicate, he’s charged with an underlying felony, he’s also charged with felony murder, so we believe the evidence would indicate that his underlying felony helped cause the death of Ahmaud Arbery.”