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.
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.
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.
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.
“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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