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The United States man who recorded mobile phone video footage of Ahmaud Arbery’s tragic shooting in the state of Georgia was taken into custody on Thursday and indicted for murder in his death.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old William “Roddie” Bryan was taken into custody on charges of ‘felony’ murder and criminal venture to commit false imprisonment.
‘Arbery, an unarmed black man, was killed on February 23 after a white father and son armed themselves and pursued him after spotting the 25-year-old man running in their neighbourhood. More than two months passed before authorities arrested Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault.’
Bryan lives in the same section, and the video he took from the cab of his vehicle helped stir a huge backlash when it leaked online. Bryan’s lawyer, Kevin Gough, did not immediately return a phone message.
Gregory McMichael, a former investigator for the local district attorney, told police he thought Arbery was a burglar. He said Arbery assaulted his son before he was shot.
Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, has said she knows well her son was simply out jogging.
The US justice department is contemplating federal detest crimes charges over the death of weaponless black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia in February.
Gregory McMichael and his son Travis, who are white, are fronting assissination and assault charges over the shooting.
The case provoked national fury when video of the death come into view last week.
Mr Arbery’s advocators have been using the hashtag #IRunWithMaud, sharing photos and running 2.23 miles (3.6km) for the day he died, 23 February.
Some confine demonstration gathering outside courthouses in Georgia and neighbouring Florida.
*Questions have been raised about why the police failed to charge the McMichaels for more than two months. The pair were detained on Thursday by the state bureau of investigation (GBI), two days after the video came to light.*
Gregory, 64, and Travis, 34, are in the imprisonment of the Glynn County Sheriff’s Department, officials said on Friday.
Justice officials in Georgia have promised to investigate why it took so long to take into custody the McMichaels.
GBI Director Vic Reynolds told reporters on Friday that “every stone will be turned over, I promise you”.