Jury Hears From Tattoo Artist In Hernandez Murder Trial

The trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez continued on Thursday.

Locke's ruling, which came at the close of testimony yesterday, means California tattoo artist David Nelson, who Hernandez sought out to do the job, will take the stand today.

Hernandez allegedly fired a 104-year-old revolver five times to kill Abreu and Furtado in their auto in Boston's South End neighborhood on July 16, 2012.

Prosecutors say the phrase and the image of a six-shot revolver are evidence Hernandez killed two men after one of them bumped into him at a Boston nightclub and spilled his drink in 2012.

On Thursday, the defense learned that the judge has chose to allow the testimony of a tattoo artist who is expected to testify on Friday about the presence of several tattoos that Hernandez received after the killing.

Nelson said Hernandez instructed him to draw five bullets visible in the cylinder of the gun and one cylinder empty.

In addition, Nelson told the courtroom that he gave Hernandez tattoos of a semi-automatic hand gun with smoke coming from it, and the words "God Forgives" written backward so that they can be read in the mirror. His lawyers argued that Nelson's testimony was inconsistent from earlier interviews with police in which Nelson was uncertain if he had done the "God forgives" tattoo.

During his cross examination of Nelson on Friday, defence attorney Jose Baez appeared to make light of the argument. The former National Football League player, who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013, has pleaded not guilty to the murders.

  • Salvatore Jensen