Georgia man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery shooting arrested on murder charge
May 23 2020
Cobb County district attorney Joyette Holmes said she aware of the emotions stirred up by the shooting. "As we've said before in our previous statements that we are going to make sure that we find justice in this case".
"We know that we have a broken family and a broken community down in Brunswick".
A prosecutor said Mr Bryan had been "in hot pursuit" of Mr Arbery. The video shows Aubrey jogging down a two-lane street, then being shot to death as he was confronted by two armed white men who had stopped their pickup truck in his path.
Bryan's exact role in Arbery's murder is not yet clear, but there has been speculation that he used his auto to block Arbery from escaping after the men who killed him - Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael - pulled up alongside him as he jogged and began harassing him.
After Bryan's video leaked online May 5, Gov. Brian Kemp called the slaying "absolutely horrific". A murder conviction in Georgia carries a minimum sentence of life in prison, either with or without parole.
He is also mentioned in the Glynn County police report of the shooting, in which officers noted that Mr Bryan had unsuccessfully tried to block Mr Arbery's path. Authorities have not explained any circumstances of Bryan's suspected involvement.
But the GBI director said Friday that "if we believed he was a witness, we wouldn't have arrested him".
The Georgia man whose cellphone video of Ahmaud Arbery's fatal shooting helped reignite the case was charged with murder Thursday, making him the third person arrested more than two months after the slaying. "He is not a vigilante".
Arbery's attorney's said they were pleased with the new development.
Following Bryan's arrest, Merritt, along with the family's other attorneys Benjamin Crump and L. Chris Stewart, issued a statement.
Video of the shooting, captured by Bryan, surfaced on the Internet and led the case to gain national attention.
The video shows Arbery run around the truck to the right before he cuts back in front of it. A second shot can be heard, and the runner can be seen punching the man.
Mr Arbery staggers and falls face down in the street. A local prosecutor recommended not bringing charges against the McMichaels in April before recusing himself from the case. His office is handling a probe into that, and he said he didn't expect the investigation to continue much longer.
"As the warrants indicated, he's charged with an underlying felony, " Reynolds said.