The mother of Ahmaud Arbery has hit out at the man who filmed her son’s shooting – telling Dr. Phil she wants those responsible ‘prosecuted to the highest’.
In an interview, airing on Dr. Phil on Friday, the host speaks with Wanda Cooper who says she believes three people were involved in the killing of her son in Satilla Shores, Georgia.
William ‘Roddie’ Bryan filmed as white ex-cop Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, shot the unarmed jogger dead in February. It was his cellphone footage that exposed the brutal killing of the jogger.
Cooper says she wants ‘all hands’ involved ‘to be prosecuted to the highest’, telling Dr Phil she ‘strongly believes’ Bryan was involved.
William ‘Roddie’ Bryan – a neighbor of the father and son who killed Arbery – was pictured Friday for the first time since as his lawyer protested his innocence.
Bryan claims he was only a ‘witness’ and not an accomplice.
Pictured: William ‘Roddie’ Bryan, a neighbor of the father and son who killed Ahmaud Arbery, who filmed the shooting in Satilla Shores, Georgia
Gregory (left) and Travis McMichael (right) have both been charged with murder and aggravated assault over the February 23 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery
Dr Phil asks Cooper: ‘This is your baby boy. And you’ve made it very clear you feel that he was hunted down, boxed in like an animal, and then shot to death. What do you want to see happen to these men. What does justice look like to you?’
‘I want all hands that were involved, to be prosecuted to the highest,’ Cooper replies.
When asked whether she thinks three people were involved, she says ‘that is correct’.
Dr Phil asks whether she believes Bryan was in on the killing.
‘I strongly believe that he was involved’, she replies. ‘I mean, he videoed it.’
Bryan’s attorney Kevin Gough denied claims his client was armed at the time of the killing and insisted he is ‘not a vigilante’.
Bryan claimed there had been a ‘number of crimes in the neighborhood in recent weeks – despite cops saying there were no burglaries reported in the two months leading up to the young man’s death.
Gough also said the shooting simply ‘start[ed] happening in front of him’ and Bryan had handed over the footage to police ‘immediately’ after the incident.
Two separate videos emerged over the weekend to confirm that Arbery had entered a partially-built house. Moments after he left the empty property he was shot and killed by father and son ‘vigilantes’ Gregory and Travis McMichael, who claim they were attempting to detain a burglary suspect.
Arbery’s family say the clips are actually proof that he didn’t steal anything and was merely looking around, which they insist is not a crime.
‘Ahmaud Arbery did not take any anything from the construction site. He did not cause any damage to the property,’ their attorney, S. Lee Merritt, said.
Ahmaud Arbery, pictured, was killed February 23; a white father and son told police they pursued him in their truck because they suspected him of being a burglar
The father and son shooters were arrested last week and charged with murder and aggravated assault for the death of Arbery, who would have been 26 last Friday, in Brunswick, Georgia, back in February.
Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) Vic Reynolds said Friday that Bryan could also be arrested for his part in the killing after he watched and shot the footage of the attack.
Gough told Weekend TODAY Bryan had arrived at the scene after he saw Arbery running through the neighborhood and being pursued by the McMichaels in their truck.
‘He was in his yard and this just starts happening in front of him,’ said Gough. ‘He gets in his car and is trying to document that.’
When asked why Bryan followed and filmed the attack, his attorney said ‘he was trying to get [Arbery’s] picture… because there had been a number of crimes in this neighborhood and he didn’t recognize him and a vehicle that he did recognize was following him.’
Father and son who killed Ahmaud Arbery had a confrontation with the unarmed jogger two weeks before he was shot, neighbor claims
The father and son who killed Ahmaud Arbery had a confrontation with the unarmed jogger two weeks before he was shot, according to one neighbor.
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, were charged with murder after a video of them pursuing Arbery in a pick up truck and then shooting him dead in a Brunswick, Georgia street on February 23 surfaced online last week.
Now neighbor Diego Perez says the two men had already approached their victim on February 11, after spotting him at the same construction site Arbery is thought to have looked round on the day of his death.
Perez told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ‘Travis saw him in the yard and Travis stopped. He confronted (the man) halfway into the yard. He said (the man) reached for his waistband, and Travis got spooked and went down the road.’
Travis is said to have returned with his father, who was armed and who had called the local police.
Perez said he witnessed the February 11 incident after the property owner, Larry English, who lived two hours away, asked him to keep an eye on the site.
After a motion sensor camera had been set off, Perez headed to the construction area, where he saw the McMichaels and the man he believes to have been Arbery.
Perez said nothing was taken from the home, adding: ‘All we knew about him was that he was the guy who kept showing up on our cameras. No one knew who it was.’
The next time he saw Arbery was the day he was shot dead, Perez says.
However, Glynn County Police Lt. Cheri Bashlor confirmed Friday that no burglaries had been reported in the neighborhood in the seven weeks leading up to Arbery’s death.
Bashlor told CNN there had only been one incident reported back on January 1, when someone had stolen a firearm from an unlocked truck outside the McMichaels’ home.
Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney George E. Barnhill said in the memo, obtained by USA Today, that all three men had been in ‘hot pursuit of a burglary suspect’.
Gough released a statement to reporters Friday afternoon, while Bryan stood by his side, in which he also protested his client’s innocence, insisting he was simply a ‘witness to the tragic shooting and death of Ahmaud Arbery’.
‘From day one Mr Bryan has fully cooperated with law enforcement officers investigating this matter,’ he said in the First Coast News footage.
Gough said Bryan handed the cellphone footage to police as soon as officers arrived on the scene.
Bryan ‘disclosed the existence of the videotape and invited a responding Glynn County police officer to sit with him in his truck where they watched the video together,’ Gough said.
‘Mr Bryan went home and came back out to the crime scene shortly after at the request of law enforcement to further assist them and then later Mr Bryan voluntarily went to the Glynn County Police Department where he answered all the questions they had for him without a lawyer during a lengthy interview.’
Gough branded reports that Bryan had a firearm with him when he arrived on the scene ‘irresponsible’ and insisted he was ‘unarmed’.
He said the ‘family man’ ‘does not understand’ why he is being investigated over the shooting.
‘Despite his cooperation and for reasons he does not understand Mr Bryan has learned the family and apparently their lawyers are demanding he be arrested,’ said Gough.
‘He is not and never has been a vigilante.’
Ahmaud Arbery and his mother Wanda Cooper Jones. Bryan may also face arrest for his part in the shooting after he watched and shot the footage of the attack, authorities said Friday
His attorney said Bryan had only learned he was under investigation during the GBI press conference Friday.
‘Mr Bryan had never been advised by any prosecutor or law enforcement officer that he was a target of investigation into Mr Abery’s death until the GBI announced it this morning in a press conference,’ he said.
Gough said Bryan and his family have since become the target of ‘threats’ and he has lost his job.
‘Mr Bryan, his fiancee, his children, his siblings and other family members, friends and neighbors now live in fear despite the fact that Mr Bryan has committed no crime and fully cooperated with the investigation into the shooting,’ the attorney said.
Ahmaud Arbery’s mother says she wants Georgia prosecutors to pursue the death penalty against her son’s killers if they’re found guilty of murder
The mother of Ahmaud Arbrey says she hopes her son’s killers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Wanda Cooper-Jones told TMZ that she hopes prosecutors seek the death penalty against Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, who were charged with murder after a video of them pursuing Arbery in a pick up truck and then shooting him dead in a Brunswick, Georgia street in February surfaced online last week.
‘I would like all hands involved, that played a part in my son’s murder to be prosecuted to the highest [degree],’ Cooper-Jones said Tuesday. ‘Coming from a mother’s point of view: my son died, and so they should die as well.’
When pressed on whether she’d be opposed to a death penalty sentence, the grief-stricken mother reiterated she’d ‘totally agree with that.’
In a press conference Friday, GBI Director Reynolds would not rule out the possibility of Bryan being arrested and charged in connection to Arbery’s death.
‘Is there anyone else going to be charged in this case?’ Reynolds said the community was asking him.
‘I tell you that this is an active, ongoing case and investigation. If the facts take [officers] to make another arrest then they will do that.’
When pressed if this means Bryan will face charges over Arbery’s death, Reynolds said: ’Don’t know yet – we’ll go wherever the evidence takes us. If there is probable cause for arrest, we’ll do it. If there isn’t, we won’t.’
He added that Bryan’s video of the fatal confrontation, which took place on February 23, was a key piece of evidence.
Authorities are ‘investigating everyone involved in the case including the individual who shot that video,’ he added.
It is not yet clear what Bryan – who lives just a few houses away from the McMichaels, close to where the killing took place – could be charged with.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the GBI for comment about Bryan’s involvement and any potential charges he faces.
Ben Crump, an attorney for the victim’s family, called for Bryan’s arrest for aiding and abetting the McMichaels in Arbery’s killing.
‘This is William ‘Roddie’ Bryan – who we believe may have been the third person in pursuit of #AhmaudArbery. If he chased down Ahmaud and filmed his execution, he should be arrested and charged with aiding and abetting them in committing this crime of murder. #RunWithMaud,’ Crump wrote in a Twitter post Thursday.
The attorney who leaked the footage shot by Bryan to the press revealed Friday he did it because he believed it would clear the McMichaels of any crime.
Attorney Alan Tucker told Inside Edition Friday that he was a close friend of the two men charged with Arbery’s murder.
‘I really thought releasing the video would put the truth out to the public,’ Tucker stated.
‘If he [Arbery] had just froze and hadn’t done anything, then he wouldn’t have been shot.’
However after the video was uploaded to the internet Tuesday it quickly went viral and sparked nationwide outrage.
Presumptive Democratic nominee for President Joe Biden said it showed the McMichaels killing Aubrey ‘in cold blood’.
The father and son were subsequently arrested Thursday and have been charged with murder and aggravated assault.
They made their first court appearance individually Friday afternoon via a video link from inside the Glynn County jail.
Magistrate Judge Wallace Harrell ruled that bond on both charges would have to be set by a superior court judge.
Both men were read their rights and spoke only to confirm their names. Neither had attorneys representing them in court and no further hearing dates were scheduled.
Many Americans are outraged that it has taken more than two months for the assailants to be arrested.
Protesters gathered outside the courthouse in Brunswick Friday – what would have been the victim’s 26th birthday.
A crowd of several hundred people, most wearing masks, sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in his honor outside the Glynn County Courthouse.
Wanda Cooper, mother of Ahmaud Arbery appears with family attorney Lee Merritt on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon on Friday 8 May, 2020
Georgia Bureau of Investigation director Vic Reynolds (pictured center) said authorities are ‘investigating everyone involved in the case including the individual who shot that video’
President Donald Trump broke his silence over the killing that has shaken America, calling the video showing Arbery’s death ‘disturbing’.
‘I looked at a picture of that young man. He was in a tuxedo … I will say that that looks like a really good young guy,’ Trump said on Fox & Friends Friday.
‘My heart goes out to the parents and the families and friends,’ he added while stating that he believed Georgia governor Brian Kemp would investigate the matter ‘strongly’.
‘[Brian Kemp] is going to do what’s right. It’s a heartbreaking thing. That was very rough, rough stuff.
‘Justice getting done is the thing that solves the [racial problem]. Again, it is in the hands of the governor and I’m sure he’ll do the right thing. It could be something that we didn’t see on tape. If you saw, things went off tape and then back on tape.’
According to a report in The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Brunswick District Attorney Jackie Johnson blocked police from arresting the father and son team because she was friends with Gregory McMichael.
McMichael, an ex-cop, had worked as an investigator in Johnson’s office until his retirement in 2019 causing Johnson to recused herself from the case a few days after the shooting.
Exclusive photos show the moment Gregory McMichael (pictured) and his son Travis McMichael were arrested at their home in Brunswick, Georgia, on Thursday
An officer with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is seen leading 34-year-old Travis McMichael out of the home in handcuffs
‘She shut them down to protect her friend McMichael,’ Glynn County Commissioner Allen Booker told The Atlanta Journal Constition.
‘They were told not to make the arrest,’ added Commissioner Peter Murphy, who said he also spoke directly to Glynn County police about the incident and that officers had said there was probable cause for arrest before this.
DailyMail.com reached out to the DA’s office for comment but a representative was not available.
It has also emerged that Gregory, who worked as an investigator in the Brunswick DA’s office, helped prosecute Arbery in the past, Barnhill revealed.
In a letter to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr recusing himself from the case, Barnhill said his son and Gregory ‘both helped with the previous prosecution of (Ahmaud) Arbery’.
Gregory, who retired from the DA’s office in 2019, had not mentioned his involvement in the case to police.
Arbery was shot dead while out jogging on February 23 by the McMichaels.
People react during a rally Friday morning outside the courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia, to protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man what would have been his 26th birthday
Protesters gathered for a march through Brunswick on Tuesday – the same day shocking footage of Arbery’s death went viral
The killers evaded prosecution for more than two months, after the father and son team initially claimed they thought Arbery was a burglar after a spate of thefts in the area, and that he attacked them when they tried to make a citizen’s arrest.
But shocking cellphone footage – taken by Bryan – was leaked this week, showing the two men chasing and gunning down the victim in the street.
The video showed the men ‘ambushing’ Arbery as he tried to run past their pickup truck.
In the harrowing footage, Arbery is seen running at a jogging pace on the left side of a road.
A truck is parked in the road ahead of him. Gregory is inside the pickup’s bed, while Travis is standing beside the open driver’s side door.
Arbery crosses the road to pass the pickup on the passenger side, then crosses back in front of the truck.
A gunshot sounds, and the video shows Arbery grappling with Travis in the street over what appears to be a shotgun or rifle.
A second shot can be heard, and Arbery can be seen punching Travis. A third shot is fired at point-blank range. Arbery staggers a few feet and falls face down.
The leak of the video sparked outrage across the nation with LeBron James, Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner all leading cries for the McMichaels to be charged with murder.
The GBI took over the investigation on Tuesday after the video emerged and the McMichaels were finally arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault Thursday.
DR. PHIL: AHMAUD ARBERY’S FAMILY SPEAKS OUT, airs Friday, May 15
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