Arbery was shot and killed near Brunswick, GA, in February by Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34 after chasing him down in their neighborhood. Neighbor William Bryan began filming the crime on his mobile phone and got in his vehicle and followed Arbery while he was being chased by the McMichaels.
Kevin Gough, who is representing Bryan, said his client took a polygraph test that confirms he was not only unarmed when the shooting occurred but that he didn’t have any conversation with the McMichaels before the shooting took place. He has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
Gough has shared the results of that test with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the investigation into Arbery’s death. He asked the attorneys for Arbery’s family to not pursue charges against his client.
“Mr. Bryan is not your enemy,” Gough said. “Please stop, if not for the sake of my client’s family, then for the sake of the Arbery family and the cause you fight for. Killing off the star witness for the prosecution will not help bring Ahmaud’s killers to justice.”
Merritt told CNN that the family wants Bryan arrested. “His family deserves justice from not only the two men who have been arrested, but from anyone who participated in that act,” Merritt explained.
As previously reported, on February 23, Ahmaud Arbery was in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, GA, when Gregory and Travis McMichael, who were both armed, confronted Arbery, who was fatally shot by Travis McMichael.
Attorney General Chris Carr said early last week that he formally appointed District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes of the Cobb County Judicial Circuit to lead the prosecution of Gregory and Travis McMichael, who have been charged with aggravated assault and murder.