A Kansas prison inmate wants a professional tattoo artist to remove a prominent tattoo from his neck that reads “murder” backwards ahead of a first-degree murder trial.
Jeffery Wade Chapman has the word “REDRUM” tattooed on his neck so he can read it in the mirror, according to CBS 12.
His defense attorney, Charlie O’Hara, filed a motion in Barton County District Court asking that his client’s tattoo be hidden from view during the jury trial.
“Whenever you try a jury trial the appearance of the defendant makes a lot of difference,” O’Hara said.
“The way we work in our society is we look at people and judge them petty quickly on our first impression,” he told KWCH.
A judge responded that the State “does not oppose the defendant from covering his tattoo using clothing, bandage or other means compliant with jail policy.”
But a tattoo artist, according to Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, is out of the question because the jail isn’t licensed to have one on the premises.
Kansas Administrative Code 69-15-14 states, “tattoo artists shall not practice at any location other than a licensed facility.”
The Bellendir also refuses to transport Chapman to a licensed tattoo facility.
Chapman is charged with the Nov. 11, 2011, murder of Damon Galliart. His trial is scheduled to begin April 28 and is expected to last two weeks.