SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The man accused of filming the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery has been arrested for murder, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) confirmed Thursday.
William “Roddie” Bryan, 50, was booked at the Glynn County Jail on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
In a press conference Friday, the 16th day of the GBI’s involvement in the case, the agency’s director Vic Reynolds said he “will not speak factually about the case” but found probable cause for Bryan’s arrest.
“I can tell you that if we believed he was a witness we wouldn’t have arrested him,” Reynolds said.
The director refused a question on whether Bryan was armed at the time of the incident, adding, “I think the warrants speak for themselves.”
One warrant states that Bryan used his vehicle “on multiple occasions” between 1 and 1:20 p.m. on Feb. 23, the day of Abery’s death, “with the intention of confining and detaining” him.
The second warrant states “the accused did cause the death of another, Ahmaud Arbery, during the commission of a felony.”
Bryan’s attorney earlier this week claimed his client had taken a polygraph test confirming he was not involved in the shooting.
The video Bryan is accused of recording was released about two months after Arbery’s death, which sparked calls from across the nation for the arrest of father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael. The McMichaels told police they saw Arbery in their neighborhood and thought he matched the description of a suspect in recent burglaries.
Alan Tucker, an attorney in Brunswick, Georgia, who isn’t representing the father and son but says he is a friend, told NBC News he released the video because he wanted “the public to know the truth.”
Attorneys for Arbery’s parents say the family was relieved to learn of Bryan’s arrest.
“We called for his arrest from the very beginning of this process,” attorneys S. Lee Merritt, Benjamin Crump and L. Chris Stewart stated. “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.”
Watch Friday’s full press conference with the GBI and Cobb District Attorney Joyette Holmes, who will lead the prosecution: