Man who gunned down Ahmaud Arbery asks court to ban evidence of his support for Confederacy
Greg McMichael and Ahmaud Arbery

One of the men accused of hunting down and killing Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery wants a trial judge to ban evidence of his support for the Confederacy.

Travis McMichael and his defense attorneys have asked a court to prohibit photos of the vanity Georgia license plate, which included a Confederate emblem, that was on his truck the day he and his father killed Arbery, reported WAGA-TV.

Prosecutors have asked the court to deny the motion, arguing the plates were on the truck when Gregory McMichael and his son armed themselves and chased Arbery down to perform a citizen's arrest after spotting him jogging in their neighborhood in Brunswick.

A neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, joined the pursuit and recorded Travis McMichael fatally shooting the unarmed Arbery, who threw punches and reached for the man's shotgun, with three blasts at close range.

The father-and-son duo and Bryan were arrested and charged with murder after the video was leaked online more than two months later.

The judge ruled last month that evidence of Arbery's past run-ins with law enforcement or history of mental health issues could not be presented at trial, finding the three defendants had no knowledge of his past and there was no indication he was suffering from a mental health issue at the time of his killing.