The white men who allegedly chased and killed jogger Ahmed Arbery in Georgia last year asked a judge to allow a photo of a Confederate vanity plate on his pickup truck not to be included as evidence in his upcoming trial Said.
Lawyers for Gregory McMichael and his adult son Travis McMichael filed a motion last week to ban license plate images from trial, because they do not want a jury to call the flag “some reprehensible motive, bias or prejudice”. .
Prosecutors fired back a day later with their own motion, saying “the jury may interpret that evidence in any way, and the state may draw an appropriate conclusion.”
McMicheals and William Bryan have been charged with murder, and jury selection at their state trial is expected to begin later this month. He also faces federal hate crime charges.
It was not clear whether the judge had ruled on the motions.
McMicheals allegedly trapped Arbery in his pickup truck for four minutes near Brunswick in February 2020. Brian, a neighbor, allegedly followed after taking cell phone footage that showed Travis shooting the jogger at close range with a shotgun.
The suspects said they followed Arbery, 25, because they thought he was a thief. Investigators found that he had not committed any crime and that he was not in possession of any weapon while exercising.
Travis reportedly called Arbery “F-King n–r” after the murder and often used racial slurs in digital communications.
A former district attorney was charged with misconduct after allegedly trying to shield suspects from hate crime charges.
The three defendants remained free for months after the murder until cellphone footage finally surfaced and the case went to Atlanta prosecutors amid public outcry.
with ap wires