Controversy and calls for justice that have surrounded Arbery’s death grew louder after a video of the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was released.
Despite accusations to the contrary, the man who took that video — William “Roddie” Bryan — was just a bystander and a “pawn in a much larger game,” his attorney Kevin Gough told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday.READ MORE: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Investigating Incident At Lennard High School
“I would like to say first of all I am very sorry to the family,” Bryan told Cuomo. “I pray for them every night as well as my own family.”
Gough says the community has raised conspiracy theories about Bryan’s relationship to the incident and made him a victim of misinformation.
“He wasn’t with the McMichaels at all and he has no relationship with the McMichaels,” replied Gough.READ MORE: NASA's Mega Moon Rocket Arrived At The Launchpad Ahead Of Liftoff
When asked why Bryan didn’t call 9-1-1, Gough didn’t have an immediate response other than to note that police “sirens were audible almost immediately.”
Video from earlier in the day that he was killed appears to show Arbery at a construction site, but the owner of the home told CNN the videos appear to show him only “trespassing” and nothing else.
At least one unreported crime had been committed in the past at the site by an unidentified perpetrator, he said.
“This video is consistent with the evidence already known to us,” family attorney S. Lee Merritt said. “Ahmaud Arbery was out for a jog. He stopped by a property under construction where he engaged in no illegal activity and remained for only a brief period.”MORE NEWS: Diesel Is Now Below $5 A Gallon For The First Time Since March
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