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William Bryan biography: 10 things about Brunswick, Georgia man who recorded Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting


William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. is a white man from Georgia, United States. Here are 10 more things about him:


  1. He is a resident of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia.
  2. Among his neighbors in Brunswick are Gregory Johns McMichael, McMichael’s wife Allison Leigh Hunt McMichael and their children Travis James McMichael and Lindsay J. McMichael.
  3. He is 14 years younger than Gregory, who worked as a Glynn County Police Department officer from 1982 to 1989 and an investigator for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office and from 1995 to 2019.
  4. On February 23, 2020, he allegedly helped Gregory and Travis chase their fellow Brunswick resident Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, then 25, who was jogging at the intersection of Satilla Drive and Holmes Road in Brunswick. From his pickup truck, he used his cellphone to record the encounter as Travis fatally shot Arbery while Gregory, armed with a .357 Magnum revolver, stood nearby in the truck bed.
  5. On May 21, 2020, he was arrested, booked into the Glynn County Jail in Dock Junction, Georgia and charged with criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
  6. In April 2021, a federal grand jury indicted him, Gregory and Travis each with interference with rights and attempted kidnapping. A trial in federal court was set for February 7, 2022.
  7. Represented by Kevin Gough, he took the stand on November 17, 2021 as the defense’s first witness.
  8. On November 24, 2021, he, Gregory and Travis were found guilty of murder in the shooting death of Arbery.
  9. He was 52 years old when he was found guilty on November 24, 2021 of aggravated assault and three counts of felony murder but not guilty of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.
  10. On February 22, 2022, a jury made up of one Hispanic person, three black people and eight white people convicted him, Gregory and Travis of violating Arbery’s civil rights and targeting Arbery because Arbery was black and of attempted kidnapping.

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