Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Man on Trial for Murder Worried "Murder" Tattoo Might Hurt His Case
A Kansas man facing first-degree murder charges is trying to convince the government to let him do something about his giant "MURDER" neck tattoo before the trial begins. The first-degree murder case against Jeffrey Chapman is scheduled to begin next week. Prosecutors say Chapman killed a man in 2011, leaving the body behind in a roadside ditch for hunters to discover. According to the AP, Chapman's defense attorney is now seeking to have the state bring in a tattoo artist to obscure or remove the giant mirror-image "MURDER" tag. Prosecutors say no, pointing to the fact that Kansas tattoo artists can only work in licensed facilities, a list that does not include jail cells. Chapman claims the tattoo is irrelevant to the state's case and unduly prejudicial to jurors; prosecutors seem to agree, suggesting he wear a turtleneck or a bandage. The teardrop tattoo, however, everyone seems to be cool with."gawker.com"