(Matt Demlein, WRVA)​

Man Wants Confederate Portraits Removed

Murder suspect makes request in Louisa court

October 19, 2018 - 1:13 pm

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) - A man facing a capital murder charge has asked that a portrait of General Robert E. Lee and other Confederate memorabilia be removed from the courtroom where his trial will be held.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that lawyers for Darcel Nathaniel Murphy argued in a motion that the trial should not be held where there are "images that could be interpreted as glorifying, memorializing, or otherwise endorsing" the Confederate cause.

Murphy, who is black, is one of three men charged with the 2016 murder of Kevin Robinson. His trial is scheduled in may in a louisa county courtroom that has a large portrait of lee and smaller portraits commemorating the Confederate military service of others.

Louisa Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire said he can't comment on pending litigation.