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Man about to go to trial for murder wants tattoo removed

Man Wants To Remove His 'Murder' Tattoo Before Trial

Kansas man Jeffrey Chapman, who is charged with first degree murder, has requested to have a very specific tattoo removed before his trial.

As his mug shot reveals, the word 'murder' is spelled backwards across Chapman's neck in big block letters. According to HLN, 'the tattoo is backwards because he allegedly wanted to read it in the mirror.'

Chapman's trial is scheduled for April 28th, though he's hoping to have his trial postponed.

Chapman's attorney argues the tattoo needs to be removed or covered up before his client's trial so the jury won't be prejudiced against him.

Unfortunately for Chapman, state law prohibits tattooing outside of a licensed tattoo parlor, and Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir says he is unwilling to have Chapman escorted to such a facility.

According to KATC, 'prosecutors aren't opposed to Chapman covering his tattoo.'

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renshijak April 27 2014 at 10:55 AM

The only word that comes to mind is, IDIOT

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basinr April 27 2014 at 12:19 AM


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Woodstock April 25 2014 at 1:20 AM

What was that movie ith the phrase...."Red Rum...RED RUM!!!" I just really don't understand....WHY? do people GLORIFY.....VIOLENCE???

I know one way to eliminate this mans tattoo.....Henry the VIII was a champion of the..... method .....WOW.....there's violence again....but apparently we're here because there WAS a murder....

I like to think I grew up in an age where there was not so much violence on TV.....like the old 1930-something "Wizard of Oz" wih: "Ding Dong the Witch is DEAD!!!" essentially CELEBRATING MURDER.....sure, the Witch WAS a "bad person"......But, that show never gave me the impression that I should take the Law into my own hands and "drop houses on people" that I knew to be bad.....

I've always been a more Rodney King "kind of a guy:" "Can't we all just get along?"

Sadly, the answer seems to be: "NO!!!"


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Mandy Woodstock April 25 2014 at 4:33 AM

The movie (And novel) is The Shining. The little boy had psychic powers and could sense the evil spirits and his father going mad. So his mind made him say rerum (Murder backward).

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neutralslamm April 24 2014 at 11:07 PM

No, leave damn the tattoo on, it will go nicely with the one he will get in prison - (enter/exit).

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imperator58 April 24 2014 at 11:28 PM

Let me guess - he wants the State (you and me, that is) to pay for its removal.

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pearlnestor1 April 24 2014 at 11:05 PM

just wear a turtle neck sweater! What a loser!

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Bernie April 24 2014 at 10:42 PM

The idiot with the tattoo on his neck is charged with the crime…. the idiot with the tattoo on his neck is the one who should stand trial….. You can’t “not be” who you are just because you’re on trial……

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Mandy Bernie April 25 2014 at 4:37 AM

Have you seen how many comments on this article are already eager to kill him when he may not even be guilty? You really think he can get a fair trial when most people don't even realize the tattoo is a reference to a novel?

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suemacneil April 24 2014 at 10:33 PM

Oh please. WHY o WHY does AOL continue to post such crap! Now this idiots face is seen by millions of people. And so on the the next murderer....maybe you can get an autograph and post that in the news.

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wehmhoner suemacneil April 24 2014 at 10:44 PM

If you don't like reading this "crap", then don't. Spare us the whining.

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kennethfdillon suemacneil April 24 2014 at 10:58 PM

Now his attorney can challenge more potential jurors as having been exposed and influenced by pretrial media.

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hokanut April 24 2014 at 11:04 PM

And we will pay for it I suppose?

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darth6847 April 24 2014 at 10:26 PM

Needs to be removed from the gene pool ASAP.

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morosco99 darth6847 April 24 2014 at 10:34 PM

no no satan and him demuns taak jean pool awaay so we be temted 2 go 2 firy pit!!! lots crazzees out thare!! beewar and repend!!!

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