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New Video Appears to Contradict Suspect’s Account of Ahmaud Arbery Killing

A new police bodycam video has surfaced in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery that casts doubt on one suspects version of what happened.

The video, obtained by CBS Jacksonville affiliate WJAX, shows William “Roddie” Bryan talking to police at the crime scene near Arbery’s body just moments after the 25-year-old jogger was gunned down by Travis McMichael.

“You’re a passerby, or coming through?” an officer asked Bryan. 

“Not necessarily,” Bryan said. 

Bryan recorded the deadly confrontation between Arbery and the McMichaels on his cellphone. His video sparked outrage across the nation showing the murder of Arbery.

In the video Arbery can be seen jogging through a Brunswick, Georgia, neighborhood with Greg and Travis McMichael chasing him in their truck. The video ends with Arbery shot and killed by Travis McMichael.

Just days after the video was leaked in May, the McMichaels were arrested and charged with murder.

Before he was also arrested and charged with murder, Bryan maintained his innocence, saying he was not part of the confrontation and the killing of Arbery. But the new bodycam footage shows that’s not what Bryan initially told police. 

“I pulled out of my driveway, was gonna try to block him. He was going all around it, I made a few moves at him, you know? And he didn’t stop,” he said. “Should we have been chasing him? I don’t know.”

Bryan’s attorney, Kevin Gough, still maintains that his client “has never been more than a witness in the shooting.” 

Bryan and the McMichaels have all pleaded not guilty and were denied bail. No trial date has been set. Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said all suspects must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. 

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