Bond hearing delayed for third man charged in Arbery death

A bond hearing scheduled Friday for the Glynn County man who shot the video of Ahmaud Arbery’s final moments has been continued.

The hearing for William “Roddie” Bryan, 50, was scheduled for June 26. Bryan is charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. His case was bound over to Glynn Superior earlier this month after a judge ruled probable cause had been established.

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Court documents show that Bryan is not withdrawing his motion for bond. A new hearing date will be scheduled after the current judicial emergency, enacted due to COVID-19, expires at midnight on July 12, the judge’s order states.

Bryan, according to testimony from GBI special agent in charge Richard Dial, joined father and son Greg and Travis McMichael on Feb. 23 in their pursuit of Arbery. Greg McMichael said he had a “gut feeling” Arbery was responsible for some alleged break-ins in their neighborhood just south of Brunswick.

“You got him?” Bryan asked the McMichaels from his front yard as they chased Arbery in their truck. Dial said Bryan tried repeatedly to block the 25-year-old jogger from exiting Satilla Shores and at one point appeared to strike Arbery with his truck, which was dented from the impact, Dial testified.

Bryan’s attorney, Kevin Gough, said “any patriotic American” would’ve assisted the McMichaels. Prosecutor Jesse Evans called Gough’s claim “asinine.”

Bryan and the McMichaels, who have no bond hearings scheduled, remain in custody at the Glynn County Jail.