Aaron Hernandez might be the dumbest murderer in the history of dumb murderers. He got tattoos that prosecutors are now using to prove his guilt! It would be like John Dillinger getting a tattoo on his chest of a map of the banks he robbed with big “Johnny Was Here!” as the title!
Boston Globe – Aaron Hernandez walked into a California tattoo shop in the spring of 2013 and allegedly asked a tattoo artist to add three new symbols onto his heavily inked physique. Two were pictures of handguns, and a third said, “God forgives” — written backward so it could be read in a mirror.
Together, prosecutors say, those new tattoos tell a story that links the former New England Patriots star to the fatal shootings of two men in Boston’s South End in 2012 and then, in 2013, to the shooting of a one-time friend alleged to have seen him commit the murders.
Both of the guns portrayed in the tattoos match those used in the shootings, according to Suffolk First Assistant District Attorney Patrick M. Haggan said in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday, arguing that the body art “is in fact an admission by Mr. Hernandez.”
But at the pretrial hearing, Hernandez’s defense attorneys pushed back adamantly, describing the account of the tattoos as “rank speculation” that, if shared with jurors, could violate the defendant’s right to a fair trial.
“That people get tattoos with a gun on them does not mean that the Commonwealth is allowed to file inference on top of inference on top of inference and get to the point that this is an admission,” attorney Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. said.
Hernandez is set for trial Feb. 13 on allegations that he murdered Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in the South End on July 16, 2012, while Alexander Bradley, allegedly sat next to him in an SUV.
Hernandez is also accused of shooting Bradley in Florida on Feb. 13, 2013, in an attempt to silence him.RELATED: Take a closer look at Aaron Hernandez’s tattoos
The prosecutor, Haggan, said that after Bradley was shot, Hernandez sought out a tattoo artist in Hermosa Beach, Calif., in late March or early April in 2013.
One new tattoo showed a revolver loaded with five bullets, which allegedly represents the five shots fired at the scene where de Abreu and Furtado were slain, Haggan said.
Authorities allege Hernandez used a .38-caliber revolver to murder the two men.
The tattoo artist also drew a semi-automatic handgun and a spent shell casing and a puff of smoke, Haggan said. The image, the prosecutor said, matches what happened to Bradley, who was shot once by a semiautomatic handgun.
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