Attorney fears Caius Veiovis' horns, tattoos will bias jurors in triple murder trial

Attorney fears Caius Veiovis’ horns, tattoos will bias jurors in triple murder trial

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Attorney fears Caius Veiovis' horns, tattoos will bias jurors in triple murder trial

Updated:   08/22/2014 06:38:57 AM EDT

Caius Veiovis is shown prior to his arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court in September 2011 on charges of murder and kidnapping.

SPRINGFIELD — The attorney for accused killer Caius Veiovis told a judge on Thursday that he is concerned that his client’s "unusual appearance" could make it hard for him to get fair jury.

Veiovis, the last of three men heading to trial in the slayings of three Pittsfield men in August 2011, has horn implants and facial tattoos.

"There’s a serious factor of curiosity and concern when the jury first sees him," Veiovis’ attorney, James G. Reardon Jr., said in Hampden Superior Court.

Concern about Veiovis’ appearance was one of several topics handled during a hearing Thursday leading up to the trial, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 3. The prosecution’s case could take as long as 2 1/2 weeks.

Reardon said he had received a lot of suggestions on the subject of his client’s appearance — much of it unsolicited — and he wanted to discuss how to handle the issue with the court.

"I think we have to get it out there," he said, adding that he wanted to make sure potential jurors were able to clearly see his client’s features.

During Thursday’s hearing, Veiovis had his shoulder-length hair pulled back into a ponytail, revealing his horn implants, a tattoo featuring Norse Runes — an ancient Germanic alphabet — across his right cheek and the numbers 666 in the center of his forehead.Reardon said he had heard "urban legends" concerning the numbers 666, but he wasn’t fully aware of what it meant. He said jurors might have their own ideas on the subject.Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless told the court he wasn’t planning to go into any of the possible meanings of the tattoos or try "to connect them to the charges."The prosecutor suggested showing the potential jurors a close-up photograph of Veiovis, one that would likely be allowed […]