William Roddy Bryan Wiki – William Roddy Bryan Bio
William Roddy Bryan has been identified as the third man involved in the Ahmad Arbery murder case, along with Gregory and Travis McMichael. Bryan videotaped Gregory and Travis, father and son, as they chased Arbery, 25, from their white truck while jogging in their neighborhood. An altercation ensued, in which Travis shot and killed Arbery.
William Roddy Bryan Age
He is 50 years old.
Ahmaud Arbery Murder
The incident took place on February 23. Gregory told police that his son acted in self-defense, and for several months no charges were filed. However, as time went on, public protest grew stronger. Thousands of people around the world began demanding justice for Arbery, a young black man shot in broad daylight. On May 7, the day before Arbery would have turned 26, Gregory and Travis were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault. Bryan is expected to be arrested and charged in the next few days, according to local news networks. In the initial police report of the incident, Bryan is only mentioned as “Roddy”. You can read the full police report here.
William Roddy Bryan Involved in Murder
According to some of Bryan’s Facebook posts, he is a mechanic from Brunswick, Georgia. Bryan is a Trump supporter, and works at a hardware store in the area. He appears to go by “Roddie” or “Roddy,” respectively, and is 50 years old. According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police documents identified him as the person who videotaped Arbery’s death.
Bryan is a neighbor of the McMichaels, and lived within a mile of the place where Arbery was shot to death. His identity as the third man was unknown to the public until May 6. Civil rights activist Shaun King wrote, “[Bryan]was there, in his car, gun loaded, chasing Ahmaud Arbery. The murderers were talking on the phone together plotting what to do and where to go. All live within a minute of each other.”
Shortly after, S. Lee Merritt, one of the civil rights attorneys representing Arbery’s family, tweeted, “A lot of people have asked why I keep saying THREE suspects. Here is the third. Thanks @shaunking! Arrest all three of these men who conspired and murdered #AhmaudArbery”
Bryan is mentioned briefly in the Feb. 23 police report: “McMichael stated that [Arbery] turned around and began running back the direction from which he came and ‘Roddy’ attempted to block him which was unsuccessful.”
Now, many are arguing that Bryan trapped Arbery, and was, as a result, directly involved with Arbery’s death. Benjamin Crump, a Florida-based attorney, tweeted, “If [Bryan] chased down Ahmaud and filmed his execution, he should be arrested and charged with aiding and abetting them in committing this crime of murder.”
William Roddy Bryan Took The Video
According to local news network News4Jax, attorney Alan Tucker received the footage of Arbery’s murder, filmed on Bryan’s cell phone, by Bryan himself. Tucker, a Brunswick attorney, said he posted the video online because “people had a right to know.” Tucker did not say why Bryan gave him the video. The video was first uploaded to YouTube anonymously. In a matter of hours, it had been shared thousands of times, via social media channels, and civil rights activists, celebrities, professional athletes, and ordinary civilians used it as a rallying cry to demand justice for Arbery.
McMichael, 64, previously worked as a police detective and chief investigator for District Attorney Stephen Kelley, according to documents from Brunswick, where the shooting took place.
One case McMichael was involved in was the conviction and death-row execution of Robert Newland. Newland was executed in 2009 for the stabbing death of Carol Sanders Beatty, a 27-year-old neighbor, on May 30, 1986. According to the Florida Times-Union, McMichael was the one to take down Beatty’s dying words. McMichael also testified at Newland’s trial. He was a Glynn County detective at the time.
By 2009, McMichael was employed as a chief investigator for then-District Attorney Stephen Kelley. Kelley is now serving as a judge for the Brunswick circuit of the 1st Superior Court of Brunswick.
McMichael worked for another decade as an investigator before retiring last year. It’s not clear what his son does for work.