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Authorities arrest man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery shooting

Two other men were arrested earlier this month

Published: May 21, 2020 7:42pm

Updated: May 22, 2020 7:26am

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday announced that it arrested 50-year-old William "Roddie" Bryan Jr on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment pertaining to the February 23 death of the 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.

A father and son have already been arrested in the case but media reports indicate Bryan is the individual who filmed the footage that appears to show the moments leading up to Arbery's death. Authorities on May 7 arrested 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and the 34-year-old Travis McMichael. The McMichaels are white while Arbery was black.

In the video two men appear to be engaged in a struggle and shots can be heard—one man is eventually seen collapsing.

Arbery's mother believes that her son was out jogging. The elder McMichael said to police that he suspected Arbery of being a burglar and that Arbery attacked his son prior to getting shot.

In the state of Georgia "a person can be charged with felony murder for committing any felony that causes the death of someone else," according to the Associated Press. "It does not require intent to kill and carries an automatic life sentence."

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