BRUNSWICK, Ga. (WSAV) – The three men accused in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery have pleaded not guilty in Glynn County.
Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley also denied bond for one defendant seeking it, William “Roddie” Bryan. He called Bryan a flight risk.
Calling Bryan dangerous and unapologetic, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, read a victim impact statement to Judge Walmsley to convince him to deny bond.
“My son actually ran for his life,” she said. “But William Bryan did not allow my son to return home, so I stand before you, as the mother of Ahmaud, asking this court to give Mr. Bryan the same energy he gave my son. “
The judge also denied a request from Bryan’s attorney to strike the illegal appointment of Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes.
“I take it as a compliment to this team. We’ve shown that we are going to continue to work this case with every confidence that we can to bring it to the end for justice,” said Holmes.
Arbery died on Feb. 23 when Greg and Travis McMichael, a father and son, pursued Arbery as he was running in their neighborhood. Authorities say Bryan recorded the confrontation that led to Arbery’s shooting death.
On Friday, the three men entered not guilty pleas on all nine counts they are charged with, including felony murder and malice murder.
“We’re looking for a conviction. I understand that an apology will move us towards the area of remorse, but our biggest concern is they truly believe murdering a young man while he was jogging is okay,” said Arbery family attorney Lee Merritt.
Some of Arbery’s family members were in attendance for the hearing. They have maintained the stance that he was out for a jog.
Greg McMichael told police he suspected Arbery was a burglar and that Arbery attacked his son before being shot.
Walmsley says the case is ready to go to trial though he’s not sure when it will begin. All three suspects will have the same date. Kevin Gough, the attorney representing Bryan, refused to make a statement to the media while exiting the courthouse, saying that he was on his way to the jail.