Suspect Wants 'Murder' Tattoo Removed Before Trial

GREAT BEND, KS -- A murder trial is set to begin at the Barton County court house in Kansas in less than a week - but the focus has shifted from the crime to the tattoo on the accused killer.

Jeffery Chapman's tattoo displays the word "murder" in big block letters- spelled backwards across his neck.

Prosecutors say Chapman killed a man in November of 2011. His trial is set to begin April 28th. In court documents, Chapman's attorney says the tattoo needs to be removed before then or covered up with more permanent ink. But Kansas law prohibits any tattooing outside of a licensed tattoo parlor and Chapman is stuck in this jail.  Prosecutors say they aren't opposed to the suspet covering the tattoo up, but the Sheriff has said he is against Chapman being allowed to be transported to a tattoo parlor for the work.

Chapman’s attorney has put in a motion to allow time to change the tattoo because, he says, it would be extremely prejudicial if seen by a jury.

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