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Arbery defendant cites similar high-profiles cases in request for bail
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Ahmaud Arbery
Ahmaud Arbery

The three men indicted for the death of Ahmaud Arbery are scheduled to be in court again Thursday morning.

One defendant William Roddy Bryan, the man who videotaped and released the now famous clip showing the last few minutes of Arbery’s life, is saying he deserves to be out on bail. He used the defendants charged with the deaths of other high-profile cases as examples.

Bryan’s attorney Kevin Gough filed a motion for bail Oct. 27, stating that, “It is manifestly unjust, and undermines public confidence in the judicial process, that the alleged killers of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and Breonna Taylor have all been granted bond while Roddie Bryan, armed only with cell phone and located more than fifty feet away from Mr. Arbery at the time of the shooting, languishes in the Glynn County Detention Center.

All three defendants in the case, Bryan and Travis and Gregory McMichael are set to be in Glynn County Superior Court before Judge Timothy R. Walmsley according to court documents filed at the Glynn County Clerk of Courts Office.

The three defendants were indicted on June 24, on one count of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony. All three men entered a plea of not guilty mid-July during their arraignment.

Arbery was said to be jogging through the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick on Feb. 23, when he was confronted by the McMichaels who were both armed. The confrontation resulted in the death of Arbery, a former Brunswick High football player.

Bryan alleged hit Arbery with his truck according to prior court testimony and later video taped the incident between Arbery and the McMichaels.

During previous testimony, Bryan had told GBI agents that he heard Travis McMichael call Arbery a racial slur moments after shooting him. The GBI said they found similar racial slurs on several of Travis McMichael’s social media posts and cell phone text messages.

Prosecutor Jesse Evans later notified the court that they intended to introduce trial evidence indicating several text messages using racial slurs were also found on Bryan’s phone.

Attorneys for the McMichaels will be requesting bond be set for their clients as well. The attorneys for all three defendants have said their clients are not flight risks and pose no harm to their community.

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