Judge won't agree not to shackle suspect when media present

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Posted: Sep 30, 2015 3:45 PM

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — An Atlanta-area judge has declined a request by lawyers for a man accused of killing three homeless men and a hairdresser that their client not be shackled when news media are present.

A lawyer for Aeman Presley argued Wednesday that media images of a shackled Presley could prejudice potential jurors. DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams noted Presley wasn't shackled during the hearing but said he would leave it up to courtroom deputies to determine what restraints are necessary.

Attorneys also argued other motions in the case, which deals with the killing of one of the homeless men in DeKalb County. It is set for trial Feb. 29 and is the only one of three cases against Presley for which prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.