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Man wants 'murder' tattoo removed before murder trial

Published On: Apr 23 2014 11:00:16 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 24 2014 10:17:06 AM CDT
Jeffery Chapman murder tattoo

Barton County Sheriff's Office via KWCH

A man who has been charged with first-degree murder has requested that he be allowed to cover up or remove his massive neck tattoo that says "murder" before he faces a jury.

The Associated Press reports that Jeffrey Chapman is afraid the tattoo might be prejudicial if seen by a jury when he goes to trial for the November 2011 killing of Damon Galliart, whose body was found by hunters in a roadside ditch southwest of Great Bend.

Barton County's sheriff says removing the tattoo would involve transporting Chapman to a licensed tattoo facility, which is the only place for tattoo artists to practice under Kansas law.