Massachusetts prosecutors say former football star Aaron Hernandez essentially confessed to a double murder by inking tattoos on his body that shed light on details of the crime.
Suffolk County prosecutors asked the judge presiding over the case on Wednesday to admit into evidence the testimony of David Nelson, a 41-year-old tattoo artist from Hermosa Beach, California, according to WBZ-TV.
Without the jury present, Nelson testified on Wednesday that Hernandez came to see him in his tattoo shop twice approximately eight months after the football star allegedly shot to death two people outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.
On the first occasion, Hernandez and his girlfriend walked into the shop.
Defendant Aaron Hernandez (left) listens to testimony as screens show a photo of his arm with his tattoos during his double murder trial in Boston on Wednesday
Hernandez (seen left talking with his lawyer in court) is on trial for a double murder that he allegedly committed outside a Boston nightclub in 2012
During that visit, Nelson drew up a tattoo on Hernandez’s chest which reads: ‘Remind me that we’ll always have each other.’
On the second visit, Nelson testified on Wednesday that he drew ‘a semi-automatic handgun, one spent shell casing, and a cylinder from a revolver with five out of the six bullets remaining.’
Nelson said he also drew tattoos showing a semi-automatic hand gun with smoking coming from it as well as the words ‘God Forgives.’
Defense attorneys for the former New England Patriot are battling to keep discussion of his tattoos out of the murder trial for the deaths of 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Furtado.
Massachusetts prosecutors say the former football star essentially confessed to the crimes by inking tattoos on his body that shed light on details of the incident. The tattoos with the arrows pointing toward them above depict a hand gun with smoke coming out of it and a shell casing of a bullet
The above tattoo depicts the chamber of a revolver with five bullets encased. Prosecutors say Hernandez shot his two victims with five bullets
The above tattoo which prosecutors want to admit into evidence says ‘God Forgives’ which is only discernible when Hernandez stands in front of a mirror
Prosecutors say that Hernandez had the tattoos inked on his body just months after the shootings
Hernandez has amassed dozens of tattoos on his body even while he has been incarcerated. He is serving a life sentence for a murder conviction in an unrelated case
Suffolk County prosecutors asked the judge presiding over the case on Wednesday to admit into evidence the testimony of David Nelson (left), a 41-year-old tattoo artist from Hermosa Beach, California. Hernandez’s (right) attorneys accused Nelson of changing his testimony after he told police he could not remember if he drew the ‘God Forgives’ tattoo on Hernandez
Prosecutors say that Hernandez shot Furtado and de Abreu to death while they were sitting in their BMW moments after an encounter outside a Boston nightclub.
Authorities allege that Hernandez shot the two men a total of five times – which matches the five bullets depicted in one of his tattoos.
Prosecutors have also argued that the tattoos depicting the guns, ammunition, and requests for forgiveness are tantamount to an acknowledgment of guilt.
Nelson told the court on Wednesday that all of the tattoos were requested and approved by Hernandez beforehand.
Defense attorneys for the former New England Patriot are battling to keep discussion of his tattoos out of the murder trial for the deaths of 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu (left) and 28-year-old Safiro Furtado (right)
Prosecutor Mark Lee shows the bloodstained t-shirt worn by de Abreu to the jury during court proceedings on Wednesday
Ernesto Abreu, the father of Daniel de Abreu, listens in court during the trial. Hernandez allegedly shot the two men dead after an encounter outside a Boston nightclub on July 2012
The mother of murder victim Safiro Furtado (middle) reacts during the trial. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murders
When Nelson was questioned by Hernandez’s attorneys, he was asked about discrepancies between answers he gave the court on Wednesday and the statements he made to detectives in 2014.
Nelson told police in 2014 that he didn’t think he gave Hernandez the ‘God Forgives’ tattoo.
Hernandez’s lawyers accused Nelson of changing his testimony.
Hernandez has amassed dozens of tattoos on his body even while he has been incarcerated.
The tattoos include a number of motivational statements as well as romantic sentiments toward his girlfriend, according to Yahoo! Sports.
‘The tattoos in question are not relevant,’ argued defense attorney Ronald Sullivan, who called the prosecution’s theory ‘speculation,’ and ‘inference,’ and said allowing jurors to hear about the tattoos would be a violation of Hernandez’s constitutional right to a fair trial.
On Tuesday, the jurors viewed the 104-year-old handgun that prosecutors say Hernandez used to kill two men in the drive-by shooting
There is no word yet as to when the judge will rule on whether the tattoo artist’s testimony is admissible.
The former All-Pro tight end is already serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin L. Lloyd.
He has pleaded not guilty to killing de Abreu and Furtado.
Prosecutors also say Hernandez shot his former friend Alexander Bradley, who says he claims he witnesses Hernandez shoot the two victims, in the face to try and silence him.
On Tuesday, the jurors viewed the 104-year-old handgun that prosecutors say Hernandez used to kill two men in the drive-by shooting.
Prosecutor Patrick Haggan held the .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, that was manufactured in 1913, high for police witnesses to identify in court on Monday.
Witnesses said investigators did not find Hernandez’s fingerprints or DNA on the gun, but that usable fingerprints are only found on three to five per cent of all guns tested.