Man with ‘murder’ tattoo on neck wants it removed before murder trial

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Jeffrey Chapman

GREAT BEND, Kan. — A prisoner in Kansas has the word “murder” tattooed on his neck and he’s about to go on trial for first degree murder.

Jeffrey Chapman is begging for the tattoo to be removed before his trial starts Monday. He’s accused of killing a man in November 2011.

He says he’s afraid the tattoo might have an impact on how the jury sees him.

Prosecutors say they aren’t opposed to the suspect covering the tattoo, but getting it removed is another story.

In Kansas, only a licensed tattoo facility can remove body art.

The sheriff’s office is against transporting Chapman to a licensed place to get the removal done.

The thing is, it’s pretty obvious to many people the word “murder” on his neck can work against him in a murder trial.

 

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