Man wants ‘murder’ tattoo removed from neck before trial

Posted at 9:35 AM, Apr 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-23 09:51:03-04

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