This undated booking photo shows Jeffrey Chapman, charged with first-degree murder. Chapman is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word "murder" across his neck might prejudice a jury, so he is asking for a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover it up. Prosecutors say they aren't opposed to Chapman covering his tattoo, but Barton County's sheriff says he's against transporting Chapman to a licensed tattoo facility, the only places tattoo artists are allowed to practice under Kansas law. (AP)
A Kansas man will be allowed to cover up a tattoo his attorney deems prejudicial while on trial for first degree murder.
Lisa Taylor of the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration says attorneys agreed last week to allow Jeffrey Wade Chapman, formerly of Pawnee Rock, to wear a turtleneck and cover the mirror image letters spelling out the word murder on his neck.
Chapman is on trial for the November 2011 killing of Damon Galliart, whose body was found by hunters southwest of Great Bend.
Chapman's attorney believes the tattoo could be prejudicial, but prosecutors said Kansas law does not allow tattoo artists to practice in jails.
The Great Bend Tribune reports the trial has been delayed to August 18. Chapman's attorney is seeking a change of venue.