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Murder Suspect Asks Court To Remove ‘Murder’ Tattoo Before Trial

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Jeffrey Chapman has been charged with first degree murder and wants to remove a large tattoo on his neck which he claims might prejudice a jury.

Chapman has asked Barton County District Court in Kansas to allow a professional tattoo artist to remove the message – which spells out “murder” backwards across his throat.

Chapman is due to go on trial on Monday, April 28, over the 2011 killing of Damon Galliart whose body was found by hunters near Great Bend.

The Great Bend Tribune reports that prosecutors are not against the tattoo request.

However, Barton County’s sheriff says Chapman cannot be transported from prison to a tattoo artist.

And Kansas law states that tattoo artists “shall not practice at any location other than a licensed facility”.

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  • If he is worried about the look of the tattoo there have been so many leaps and bounds on make up he can have it covered so it will not be seen and it would cost a fraction of the money not be against any laws.

  • No, I don’t think taxpayers should foot the bill to alter his tattoo by a professional tattoo artist…. If he didn’t want he should of never gotten it to begin with… Now to get a tattoo removed permanently requiresthe use of a laser by a doctor and is extremely painful….I he doesn’t want jury to see tattoo then he can wear a scarf to cover it up..

  • No. But if he wants to wear a suit and tie to help to where no one can tell what it says, Tattoos are so so better excepted in today’s world. So No again it put it there let him live with it.