Brunswick Attorney Who Leaked Video Confirms He Is Not Representing Anyone In Arbery Shooting
Alan David Tucker of the Tucker & Browning law firm said Friday he is not representing anyone in the murder case against Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael.
Attorney Alan David Tucker told GPB News in an email he leaked the violent video of two men shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man who was jogging through the Brunswick neighborhood of Satilla Shores.
Arbery would have been 26 Friday.
The McMichaels were arrested Thursday night and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. As of 4:30 p.m. Friday they were both in the Glynn County jail without bond.
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Following the McMichaels' arrests, family attorney Benjamin Crump tweeted about how long it took for the first step toward justice.
William “Roddy" Bryan is believed to be the person behind the video and Gregory McMichael refers to "Roddy" in the police report as the person who unsuccessfully tried to cut off Arbery as he ran from Travis McMichael.
Tucker said his motivation for releasing the video comes from pride in the community and not from his desire to represent the McMichaels in the case.
"I love this community and have spent my career helping people in this community," Tucker said. "My sole purpose in releasing the video was absolute transparency because my community was being ripped apart by erroneous accusations and assumptions."
The graphic video was leaked earlier this week, prompting the current district attorney to ask for help from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
GBI Director Vic Reynolds said Friday more arrests may be coming.
“We base our decisions on two things: one are facts and the other is the law,” Reynolds said. “Whatever the facts are, we apply the law to it.”
The witness filmed Arbery apparently being pursued by the McMichaels in a white pickup truck. In the video, the elder McMichael is seen in the bed of the truck holding a handgun, while Arbery wrestles with 34-year-old Travis McMichael, who is holding a shotgun.
Three shots are heard before Arbery falls to the ground, never to recover.
Atlantic Judicial Circuit DA Tom Durden is now handling the case, after two district attorneys recused themselves.
The GBI assigned the case to three supervisory-level investigators on Wednesday, May 6.
Gregory and Travis McMichael told police that Arbery matched the description of someone caught on a security camera committing recent break-ins in the neighborhood.
Ware County DA George Barnhill said in a letter recusing himself from the case that Gregory and Travis McMichael were acting in accordance with the law.
"It appears their intent was to stop and hold this criminal suspect until law enforcement arrived," he wrote. "Under Georgia law, this is perfectly legal."
In that same letter, which was obtained by The New York Times, Barnhill said the shooting of Arbery was in self-defense. Georgia's "stand your ground" law passed in 2006 says a person using force in self-defense has "no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground."
The video Tucker said his firm released appears to contradict the notion that the McMichaels were making a citizen's arrest and has activists outraged.
L. Chris Stewart, an Atlanta-based civil rights and personal injury attorney, said that if the video of Arbery had not been made public, there is a chance that none of these questions regarding citizen's arrest and stand your ground laws would have ever been raised.
"Video has the power of the truth, because in these situations the victim is dead," Stewart said. "And you only have the people who killed him as the witnesses."