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A dad and son accused of murdering a black jogger reportedly don’t want him to be called a “victim” at trial.
Lawyers for Travis, 34, and Greg McMichael, 64, who allegedly killed unarmed Ahmaud Arbery have made the request, according to reports.
Authorities alleged the pair chased him in their truck before Travis got out and shot the 25-year-old near Brunswick, Georgia, in the US.
Neighbour William "Roddie" Bryan, who filmed the incident on a phone, has also been charged with murder.
He reportedly told investigators Travis allegedly used a racial slur after firing the weapon at the jogger on February 23 last year.
The accused killers have filed new motions asking for prosecutors to be prevented from referring to Arbery as a victim, according to TMZ.
They argue this is to prevent the jury from reaching a conclusion before deliberating upon the matter.
Their lawyers have also called for Black Lives Matter face masks to be barred from the court, and for their jail calls to not be used as evidence.
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In a motion filed on December 30, the lawyers wrote: “Due process requires minimal injection of error or prejudice into these proceedings.
“Use of terms such as 'victim' allows the focus to shift to the accused rather than remain on the proof of every element of the crimes charged.”
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Their lawyers have also called for only one "in life" photo to be shown of the dead jogger, by himself without family or friends.
They have both pleaded not guilty to malice and felony murder charges, as well as counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
Bryan has denied criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment and felony murder.
A judge has yet to address the new motion while a trial date has not been set.
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