Kansas Murder Suspect Wants "Murder" Tattoo Covered For Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word ``murder

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)

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder 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 Jeffrey 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.

The Great Bend Tribune reports Chapman's trial is scheduled to start Monday in the November 2011 killing of Damon Galliart, whose body was found by hunters in a roadside ditch southwest of Great Bend.

Chapman's attorney says in a motion the tattoo would be extremely prejudicial if seen by a jury.

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