Man Seeks to Hide 'Murder' Tattoo Before Trial

(AP Photo/The Great Bend Tribune). This undated booking photo shows Jeffrey Chapman, charged with first-degree murder.

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. ___ Information from: Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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