Man on trial for murder wants ‘murder’ tattoo removed from neck

This article originally appeared on the Telegraph, April 23, 2014

A man in the US who has a tattoo saying “murder” on his neck wants it removed before going on trial for murder

Jeffrey Chapman says that he is worried the ink might influence the jury in his upcoming trial

Jeffrey Chapman says that he is worried the ink might influence the jury in his upcoming trial  Photo: AP

A man charged with first-degree murder in America wants to have his neck tattoo – which says “murder” – removed or covered up before his trial.

Jeffrey Chapman, of Barton County, Kansas, says that he is worried the ink might influence the jury in his upcoming trial for a 2011 killing.

He is asking for a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover it up.

The trial’s prosecutors are not against Mr Chapman covering the tattoo.

However, Barton County’s Sheriff says that he is against taking Mr Chapman to a licensed tattoo shop, which is the only venue tattooists are permitted to practise under Kansas state law.

Mr Chapman’s trial is scheduled for Monday.

He is accused of killing Damon Galliart in November 2011.

Mr Galliart’s body was discovered by hunters in a roadside ditch southwest of Great Bend, Kansas.

Mr Chapman’s attorney believes the tattoo could strongly influence the trial if seen by the jury.

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