(TMU) – William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., the man who recorded the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, is now a suspect in a sex crime investigation.
Bryan was already charged in Arbery’s murder, after investigators determined that he chased Arbery with his neighbors, Travis and Gregory McMichael.
Now he is being accused of sex crimes in an entirely different investigation. Very few details have been released to the public about the nature of these crimes or when they took place, but authorities seem to be taking the matter very seriously.
According to The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Glynn County Police Department suspects Bryan of unspecified sex crimes and was seeking help with the investigation.
On Wednesday, July 15, 2020, the Glynn County Police Department requested that the GBI initiate a sex crimes investigation based on allegations made against William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr. The investigation is active and ongoing.
— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) July 17, 2020
Bryan is still in prison awaiting trial for the murder charge in the Arbery case, and he was denied bond by a judge this week. All three men charged in the case have pleaded not guilty. Despite the video evidence against them, they claim that they were acting in self-defense.
Ironically, the video of the incident, which may put all three men behind bars for a long time, was recorded and released to the public by Bryan, who participated in hunting Arbery down with the McMichaels.
The McMichaels say that they suspected Arbery of stealing from the construction site that he was seen passing through.
However, Arbery’s family has said that he was jogging through the neighborhood when he was approached by the McMichaels. It was also common for people in the neighborhood to pass through that construction site.
Surveillance videos of the site show that multiple people had recently trespassed at the site where Ahmaud Arbery visited.
Bryan’s attorney insisted that he was not involved, and pointed to a polygraph test that he took, in which he stated that he did not have any conversation with Gregory or Travis McMichael before the shooting and had no clue that it was going to happen.
However, Cobb County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Jesse Evans revealed in court last week that the prosecution obtained text messages sent between Bryan and the McMicheals where they used racial slurs and discussed their attack on Arbery.
Evans also revealed that Bryan struck Arbery with his vehicle during the chase, and said that it was dented as a result. Additionally, Evans said that the U.S. Justice Department has notified the suspects that it is investigating them for a possible federal hate crime.
The McMichaels hunted 25-year-old Arbery for about 5 minutes after they saw him walking through a construction site. Eventually, they confronted Arbery who was likely scared and trying to get away. In the following struggle, Arbery was shot twice with a shotgun at close range.
The murder took place back in February but the McMichaels were not charged in the case until earlier this month when a video of the incident went viral and sparked global outrage.
Gregory McMichael is a former police officer, with deep ties to local judges and the district attorney, who initially allowed the case to slip through the cracks without any arrests.
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