A man charged with first degree murder is asking to have a tattoo on his neck removed before trial.
Jeffrey Chapman has the tattoo 'murder' spelled backwards across his neck. Chapman is charged in the 2011 death of Damon Galliart, whose body was found by hunters in the county.
The Great Bend Tribune reports defense attorney Kurt Kerns has filed a motion to allow a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover up the word. They say the tattoo is irrelevant to the State's case and prejudicial to Chapman if observed by the jury.
Brian Bellendir, Barton County Sheriff, said tattooing and tattoo removal is illegal in jail.
The State's response is that it, "does not oppose the defendant from covering his tattoo using clothing, bandage, or other means compliant with jail policy," according to the Great Bend Tribune.
Chalie O'Hara, Wichita defense attorney, said a tattoo doesn't have say "murder" for it to cause a problem in the trial.
"Whenever you try a jury trial the appearance of the defendant makes a lot difference," O'Hara said.
The trial is scheduled to begin April 28 and is expected to last two weeks.
The defense has also filed a motion to change the venue of the trial.