By: Teddy Grant
A Georgia judge ruled that Ahmaud Arbery’s past legal issues cannot be used as evidence in the trial of the three men charged with killing him, the Associated Press reported.
The defense attorney for two of the men, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael, petitioned to have the jury hear about Arbery’s two previous arrests to paint him as someone who was not an innocent jogger, according to AP.
The McMichaels and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. will go on trial in the fall for chasing and killing Arbery in February 2020 in a Georgia neighborhood. They allege Arbery was a burglar who entered a house under construction.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley wrote that including Arbery’s past legal troubles could “lead the jury to believe that although Arbery did not apparently commit any felony that day, he may pose future dangerousness in that he would eventually commit more alleged crimes, and therefore, the Defendants’ actions were somehow justified.”