William Bryan has been charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it arrested Bryan on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment in a press release shared on May 21 (Thursday). Bryan will be booked into the Glynn County Jail. The case is being investigated in partnership with District Attorney Joyette Holmes of the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.
On May 21, 2020, the GBI arrested William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., age 50, on charges of Felony Murder & Criminal Attempt to Commit False Imprisonment. Read the updated press release here ⬇️:https://t.co/VJCuz8chVr pic.twitter.com/MXcs8qEY8m
— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) May 21, 2020
Last week, Bryan spoke about witnessing the shooting, saying “I have never been involved in anything like that before” during an interview with CBS affiliate WJAX-TV.
Bryan also maintained his innocence in the interview. Lee Merritt, the attorney representing Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, has said that the family believes Bryan should be charged in Arbery’s death alongside Gregory and Travis McMichael. The father and son have been charged with murder and aggravated assault.
“I had nothing to do with it. I’m trying to get my life back to normal, and it’s been smeared for the last week,” Bryan said. “I was told I was a witness and I’m not sure what I am, other than receiving a bunch of threats.”
Arbery was murdered on February 23, but the McMichaels weren’t charged in connenction with his death until Bryan’s video surfaced online. In fact, George E. Barnhill — the district attorney in Waycross, Ga. who eventually recused himself because of conflict — wrote a letter saying there was not enough evidence to arrest Gregory or Travis.