James Barron, 24, has several tattoos, including a teardrop beneath one eye.
A judge will allow a gang member to cover his tattoos during his murder trial next week. Related News/Archive
James "Pimpin’ " Barron, 24, is charged with killing Bloods street gang member Kamar Allen on Aug. 21, 2011.
Barron’s lawyer, Bjorn E. Brunvand, argued that the tattoos could prejudice jurors, who are only supposed to consider the facts in the case. Barron’s tattoos include a teardrop under one of his eyes, a large neck tattoo, "727" on one arm and "pimpin" on the other, as well as dollar signs on each of his eyelids.
Circuit Judge William Webb said he would allow it as long as it would not affect Barron’s identification by witnesses.
Prosecutor Chris Sprowls argued that some of the witnesses only know Barron as a white male with a teardrop tattoo under his eye, and some only know him as "Pimpin’."
Webb said the court can make a stipulation on the identification of Barron so that witnesses won’t need to reveal that he has tattoos.It’s not the first time a Pasco defendant was allowed to cover up tattoos during a murder trial. In 2009, neo-Nazi John Ditullio covered a large swastika on his neck and a crude insult on the other side. The makeup artist cost $125 a day.The case got national attention, and Ditullio was ultimately convicted. He did not wear his makeup on his sentencing day.In March, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Cynthia Newton granted a motion to allow […]