The lawyer for the man who filmed the murder of Ahmaud Arbery says everyone would have done the same

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William 'Roddie' Bryan is one of three men charged with federal hate crimes in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery who was chased and shot while jogging in Brunswick in February 2020

William ‘Roddie’ Bryan is one of three men charged with federal hate crimes in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery who was chased and shot while jogging in Brunswick in February 2020

A lawyer for the Georgia man charged after filming the fatal shooting of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery has claimed that any “ patriotic American ” would have done the same.

William ‘Roddie’ Bryan is one of three men charged with federal hate crimes in the murder of the 25-year-old black man who was chased and shot while jogging in Brunswick in February 2020.

Greg McMichael and his grown-up son, Travis McMichael, are the other two men charged.

All three pleaded not guilty to the federal charge in a trial on Tuesday.

In an interview CourtTV Prior to the federal hearing, Bryan’s attorney Kevin Gough insisted that his client was innocent and that a jury would reach the same conclusion.

When asked why Bryan joined the chase, Gough argued that any American would have done the same.

“Any patriotic American would have done exactly the same thing under the same circumstances,” Gough said.

He argued that it was “extremely unfair” that Bryan was not released on bail.

Greg and Travis McMichael are accused of arming themselves and chasing Arbery in a pickup truck after running past their home on February 23, 2020.  close by with a shotgun

Greg and Travis McMichael are accused of arming themselves and chasing Arbery in a pickup truck after running past their home on February 23, 2020. close by with a shotgun

Greg McMichael (right) and his adult son, Travis McMichael, (left) are also charged with hate crimes.  All three will be charged Tuesday afternoon

Greg McMichael (right) and his adult son, Travis McMichael, (left) are also charged with hate crimes. All three will be charged Tuesday afternoon

“I think you can reasonably take the position that Roddie Bryan is a political prisoner in this case. He shouldn’t be in jail now … he should be released on bail, ”he said.

He’s being punished as a way to appease the awake left-wing crowd and it just doesn’t make sense.

Whatever you think about what the McMichaels did that day … why is Roddie Bryan stuck in the middle of this. Why did he lose a year of his life? It is simply unfair to Mr. Bryan to be placed in this situation and tried for his life. ‘

All three defendants have been convicted of state murder without bond since their arrest a year ago.

They were initially released for more than two months after Arbery was murdered, but were quickly charged after Bryan’s cell phone video went public and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case from the local police.

Greg and Travis McMichael are accused of arming themselves and chasing Arbery in a pickup truck after running past their home on February 23, 2020.

Bryan, who is a neighbor, reportedly joined the chase and took a cell phone video of Travis shooting Arbery three times from close range with a shotgun.

The federal prosecutor charged both McMichaels and Bryan, who are all white, of violating Arbery’s civil rights and attempted kidnapping for using their trucks and guns to detain him.

The McMichaels are also charged with using firearms to commit a crime.

The three men were charged a month after the murder when Bryan's cell phone video of the incident (above) went public.  Greg and Travis McMichael are accused of arming themselves and chasing Arbery in a pickup truck after he ran past their home on February 23, 2020.

The three men were charged a month after the murder when Bryan’s cell phone video of the incident (above) went public. Greg and Travis McMichael are accused of arming themselves and chasing Arbery in a pickup truck after he ran past their home on February 23, 2020.

Bryan, who is a neighbor, was reportedly taking part in the chase and took a cell phone video of Travis (above) shooting Arbery up close three times with a shotgun

Bryan, who is a neighbor, was reportedly taking part in the chase and took a cell phone video of Travis (above) shooting Arbery up close three times with a shotgun

Gough said his client was portrayed as having conspired with the McMichaels, which he says is untrue.

“I think the biggest misconception is that Roddie Bryan somehow has something to do with the McMichaels and what went on in their minds the day of this shooting,” Gough said.

‘My husband has no communication with them prior to the shooting … it is very clear that he is looking after his own affairs on his porch when someone he does not know comes running by, followed by a vehicle that he recognizes is from the neighbourhood.

Whatever was going on with the McMichaels, whatever their motivation, there’s absolutely no indication that Roddie Bryan had anything to do with it.

“All he does at the time of the shooting is record it on his cellphone.

“Roddie Bryan has not committed a crime.”

Lawyers for the defense of the McMichaels also insist that they have not committed a crime.

Lawyers for the McMichaels have said they were chasing Arbery because they suspected he was a burglar videotaped at a nearby house under construction.

They say that Travis shot Arbery for fear of his life while wrestling over a shotgun.

Prosecutors say Arbery was just jogging and there is no evidence that Arbery stole anything from the house.

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