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Accused murderer wants 'murder' tattoo removed

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - People in one Kansas town had strong reactions to Jeffery Chapman's tattoo.

"That’s pretty big. That’s ridiculous,” one person said.

You can see the word "murder,” in big block letters, spelled backwards across his neck.

“I think it's stupid, to get that on your neck,” one person said.

Prosecutors say Chapman killed a man in November 2011. His trial is set to begin April 28.

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 jail.

A defense attorney who does not represent Chapman spoke about what a tattoo like this could mean for the defense.

“Whenever you try a jury trial the appearance of the defendant makes a lot difference,” he said.

He says a tattoo doesn't have to say "murder" for it to cause a problem and some people seem to agree.

“Number one I don't like tattoos and this isn't a nice tattoo. So yeah, I wouldn't have nice things to think about it,” one person said.

And that's exactly what the defense wants to avoid as Chapman goes to trial.

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