Prosecutor says Ahmaud Arbery’s family wants a man who filmed fatal shootings to be arrested while his attorney claims that the lie detector test shows he didn’t participate

Attorneys for the family of Ahmaud Arbery are still calling for the arrest of William "Roddie" Bryan, pictured here, who recorded the fatal shooting.
“We will continue to push for the arrest of William Bryan for recording and participating in the ambush of Ahmaud Arbery,” one of Arbery’s family lawyers, Don Lemon of CNN, told S. Lee Merritt.

Bryan is the person who shot the video of the accident.

Merritt’s comments were in response to Kevin Gough, a Bryan attorney, who said Monday that his client had done a polygraphic test to confirm that he was not involved in the shooting.

Gough said the test results were shared with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is conducting investigations into Arbery’s death.

GBI told CNN that it is not commenting on the active investigation.

Bryan recorded the video of the murder

On February 23, 2020, Bryan was working in his backyard when he saw a person he didn’t know was being chased by a car he recognized from the neighborhood, Gough said in an interview with CNN’s Martin Savidge last week.

Bryan began filming the accident, at one point he got into his vehicle and followed Arbery, who had been chased, and Gregory and Travis McMichael, who were seen on the recording while chasing Arbery in a red pickup truck.
The 36-second video was not released until about two months after the murder and would become a catalyst in the call for the arrest of the McMichaels, who were charged with aggravated assault and murder.

Ever since Bryan’s identity was made public, requests for arrest have followed and protesters have targeted Bryan and his family, Gough said.

Speaking to reporters late at night, Gough said that Bryan and his fiancée are hiding, out of fear of their lives, unable to go home and sleep in their beds.

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What was asked during the polygraph?

Gough states that the polygraph test confirms that Bryan was unarmed at the time of filming and that Bryan had not had any conversation with Gregory or Travis McMichael before filming. The polygraph also shows that he had no conversations with anyone about criminal activity in the neighborhood, Gough said.

Bryan took the test voluntarily, said Gough. He has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

Gough on Monday asked Arbery family lawyers not to file charges against Bryan.

“Mr. Bryan isn’t your enemy,” said Gough. “Please stop it, if not for the sake of my client’s family, for the sake of the Arbery family and for the cause you’re fighting for.”

“Killing the main prosecution witness will not help bring Ahmaud’s murderers to justice,” he added.

Arbery family lawyers still want to arrest Bryan

Despite Bryan’s attorney’s appeal, Merritt, who represents the Arbery family with Benjamin Crump, told CNN on Monday evening that the family wants Bryan to be arrested.

“His family deserves justice not only from the two men who have been arrested, but from anyone who participated in that act,” Merritt told Lemon.

Ahmaud Arbery was killed doing what he loved and a South Georgia community is calling for justice

“Evidence says he went to his house, according to his lawyer, and a few minutes later he was in his truck after Ahmaud Arbery, who was jogging in his neighborhood, in the surrounding area. He recorded Ahmaud,” said Merritt. “Evidence indicates that he blocked Ahmaud with his truck and allowed two other men to ambush and kill him.”

Merritt said he hadn’t been contacted by Gough, nor any of his advisers, although Gough said during his Monday night press conference that he tried to contact the Arbery family.

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