Jury hears from tattoo artist in Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial

Patriots’Hernandez taken into custody amid investigation of man’s death

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was handcuffed Wednesday morning and put into a police cruiser outside his home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. The nature of his being taken into custody remained unclear. He is likely to be transported to the police department, where he will be told what charges he faces, if any. […]

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BOSTON — A California tattoo artist has detailed to jurors the violent artwork he inked on Aaron Hernandez that prosecutors say memorializes the former New England Patriots star’s killing of two men.

David Nelson testified Friday in a Boston court that Hernandez visited Hermosa Ink in Hermosa Beach, California, in 2013 specifically seeking a tattoo depicting a revolver that had all but one of the six cylinders loaded with bullets.

Hernandez also instructed Nelson to ink two gun muzzles, a spent shell casing and the words “God Forgives” etched backward so that they could be read in a mirror.

Prosecutors say the tattoos are evidence that Hernandez killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in 2012. Hernandez’s lawyers deny that claim.

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence for a 2013 slaying.

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