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Tattoo artist testifies at Aaron Hernandez double murder trial

March 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Tattoo artist testifies at Aaron Hernandez double murder trial

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On Friday, the jury in the double-murder trial of Aaron Hernandez heard from an artist who tattooed an image of a gun and the saying “God Forgives” on the former Patriots all-pro tight end.

David Nelson, who owns Make Luck Tattoo shop in Redondo Beach, California, identified the tattoos he did for Hernandez when the tight end went to the establishment with his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, and their newborn daughter, the Boston Herald reported.

“Just like any client, he came in, told me what and where he wanted it,” Nelson stated in a Boston courtroom. “He wanted a front view of a pistol like pointing at you, the cylinder part of the revolver that holds the bullets and words on his hands: ‘Blood, sweat, and tears.’”

Prosecutors argue that the slogan and the tattoo of a six-shot revolver are proof that the football player murdered two men after one of them bumped into him at a nightclub and spilled his drink in Boston in 2012. Hernandez’s attorneys deny that allegation.

“Sometimes people get tattoos because they like certain things,” Hernandez’s lead defense lawyer, Jose Baez, said. “Sometimes they want to say something; they put tattoos on themselves for decorative purposes.”

Authorities accuse Aaron Hernandez of firing five shots from a revolver into a vehicle outside of the club, murdering Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

The 28-year-old is serving a life sentence for killing Odin Lloyd in 2014.

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