Man wants ‘murder’ tattoo removed from neck before trial

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Jeffrey Chapman

KANSAS – A Kansas man charged with first degree murder is asking to have a tattoo on his neck removed before trial.

According to KWCH, Jeffrey Chapman has the tattoo ‘murder’ spelled backwards across his neck.

Chapman is charged in the 2011 death of Damon Galliart, whose body was found by hunters.

It was reported that defense attorney Kurt Kerns has filed a motion to allow a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover up the word.

They say the tattoo is irrelevant to the State’s case and prejudicial to Chapman if observed by the jury.

Brian Bellendir, Barton County Sheriff, said tattooing and tattoo removal is illegal in jail.

The trial is scheduled to begin April 28.

Source: KWCH


  • boats651

    If the tattoo isn’t part of state’s evidence, and the work is done by a professional at zero cost to the state or facility that he is being held in, I don’t see an issue. Having it on his neck can persuade the jury, and is essentially the same thing as if they walked him into court in his jumpsuit or escorted by deputies instead of walking in with his lawyer.

    • thinkaboutit

      um..many MURDER suspects are in fact ushered into court by deputies and are often in jumpsuits with cuffs on if they are considered dangerous. The decision to put a huge tattoo on his neck in capital letters that spell MURDER was a poor decision that was obviously not made in haste. The jury has every right to see this, especially if this is what he looked like at the time of the murder, as this may have influenced his mindset. He saw this image every time he looked in the mirror before the murder.

  • A.W. Thomas

    F****k that. Let him wear a scarf around his neck, unless HE is paying for the removal or cover up. What a frigging idiot low life scumbag.

  • Mhmm

    Why hide true colors unless trying to be deceptive to the jury. He knows they aren’t stupid, we know what a tear drop means. The fact that he got them in such a visible place shows he was proud and boasting.

  • Ray Cosmic

    What will keep the prosecution from presenting a “Before” picture (like the one in this article) during the trial whether the guy has it removed or not?

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