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Man Wants ‘Murder’ Tattoo Removed Before Trial

WICHITA, Kansas  A man facing murder charges wants his large neck tattoo that reads MURDER to be removed before his trial.

Jeffrey Wade Chapman is on trial for the Nov. 2011 murder of a man whose body was found in a ditch by the woods in Great Bend, Kansas.

The tattoo is written in a mirror image.

Chapmans lawyers are requesting a tattoo artist not only remove the neck tattoo while the defendant is in jail, but that the tattoo isnt even mentioned at the trial.

Mr. Chapmans tattoos are not relevant to any material facts and Mr. Chapman asks for the court to exclude any mention of his tattoos at trial and further to be allowed to cover them up in an appropriate manner, the mans lawyer said.

Chapmans laywer also wants the trial moved to a different county.

The fact that he has Murder tattooed across his neck is irrelevant to the States case and extremely prejudicial to Mr. Chapman if introduced at trial or observed by the jury, the lawyer added.