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Murder suspect continues to seek bond
Arbery Suspects
Gregory and Travis McMichael and William Roderick Bryan Jr.

The attorney representing William Roddie Bryan, the man who allegedly chased down and videotaped the final moments of the life of Ahmaud Arbery, Feb. 23, 2020, filed a third request for bond in Glynn County Superior Court on Jan. 12. 2021.

Brunswick Attorney Kevin Gough filed the motion which stated that pre-trial detention has been difficult for his client, who continues to suffer from uncontrolled high blood pressure. In his motion Gough said that his client’s blood pressure was unmonitored for 10 days, “for reasons that are unclear,” and when Glynn County Detention Center Medical staff did check his blood pressure it was highly elevated. Gough said Bryan has now been prescribed a sedative or tranquilizer to reduce anxiety.

In the motion Gough said that his client did a good deed in videotaping the events leading up to Arbery’s death.

“Without Roddie Bryan, as the body cameras and other evidence make clear, many details with the respect to the tragic shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery would have been lost forever. Instead of acknowledging that Mr. Bryan did the right thing on the day in question, and in the days and months that followed – fully cooperating with law enforcement so that justice could be determined (whatever that may look like) - the state of Georgia continues with each passing day that he is denied bond to inflict injustice upon him.”

Bryan is charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Co-defendants Travis and Gregory McMichael are charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. 

In previous hearings held last summer, a GBI agent testified that Bryan used his vehicle to confine and cut off Arbery as he and the McMichaels pursued Arbery while he was jogging through their neighborhood. The agent said it appeared Bryan also hit Arbery with his truck. Bryan’s attorney maintains that his client is merely a witness in the case and also feared for his safety.

The McMichaels and Bryan remain in jail with no bond.

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