Men Accused of Killing Ahmaud Arbery Want Confederate Photo Banned

In Summary

Gregory and Travis McMichael want a photo of a Confederate-themed vanity plate banned from their trial, fearing that it would be prejudicial. 

Two of the men accused of chasing and murdering 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery have asked a Georgia court to ban a photo of a Confederate-themed license plate from their trial.  

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According to FOX 5 Atlanta, prosecutors have requested the court to deny the motion filed by Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael’s lawyers, because the plate was on the truck that chased down Arbery.   

Attorneys for the McMichaels argue that including the photo “is not relevant and is prejudicial,” according to a motion.   

They allege that prosecutors are trying “to draw the conclusion that Mr. Arbery saw the vanity plate, that he interpreted its meaning, and that he feared the occupants in the truck because of this vanity plate, which is why he ran away from the truck.”   

Earlier this month, in their motion, prosecutors said that the jury could interpret the Confederate-themed vanity plate being on the truck “in any way they deem appropriate and the State may make reasonable inferences, in closing argument, drawn from the evidence.”  

In September, a judge said that Arbery’s mental health records could not be used as evidence in the trial, according to FOX 5 Atlanta.   

RELATED: Judge: Ahmaud Arbery’s Past Run-ins With Cops Won’t Be Used in Trial

In February 2020, the McMichaels pursued Arbery in a pickup truck while he was running in their neighborhood. William Bryan Jr., who also chased Arbery and took video of Travis allegedly shooting him, was charged with the crime as well.    

The three men were additionally charged with federal hate crimes. 

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