Jury hears from tattoo artist in NFL star's murder trial

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez listens to testimony during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on Friday
  • Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez's tattoos were shown to a Boston court on Friday
  • Prosecutors argue the Patriots star got the body ink to memorialize his killing of two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012
  • California tattoo artist David Nelson testified that Hernandez had come in 2013 with specific tattoos in mind
  • He inked a revolver with the gun barrel facing forward, as well as five bullets visible in the cylinder of the gun and one cylinder empty 

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

California tattoo artist David Nelson told a Boston court on Friday that he inked an image of a gun and the phrase 'God Forgives' on the ex-NFL star in 2013.

He told the jury that Hernandez had visited his tattoo parlor with his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins and their infant daughter when he asked for an image of a revolver with the gun barrel facing forward, as if pointing at the viewer.    

 Hernandez also instructed him to draw five bullets visible in the cylinder of the gun and one cylinder empty. 

The former Patriots star also had the tattoo artist ink to separate gun muzzles, a spent shell casing and the phrase 'God Forgives' etched backward so that it could only be read in a mirror. 

'Just like any other client, he came in, told me what he wanted and where he wanted it,' Nelson told the court. 

'He wanted a front view of a pistol, like it's pointing at you, the cylinder part of the revolver that holds the bullets.'

Nelson said he also tattooed the phrase 'Blood. Sweat. Tears.' on Hernandez's right hand. 

Prosecutors argued the tattoos are evidence Hernandez killed two men in 2012. 

 The jury were shown images of Hernandez's body ink for the first time on Friday. California tattoo artist David Nelsons said the ex-NFL star asked for the phrase 'Blood. Sweat. Tears.'

The jury were shown images of Hernandez's body ink for the first time on Friday. California tattoo artist David Nelsons said the ex-NFL star asked for the phrase 'Blood. Sweat. Tears.'

Authorities said Hernandez killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado when he fired five shots from a revolver into a car outside a Boston nightclub club.

Prosecutors said Hernandez killed the men after one of them bumped into him at the nightclub earlier that night and spilled his drink. 

Hernandez's lawyers have strongly denied the prosecutor's theories about the tattoos.

During his cross examination of Nelson on Friday, defense attorney Jose Baez appeared to make light of the argument.

At one point, he jokingly asked Nelson if he'd also inked gun tattoos for Rihanna, Angelina Jolie and other celebrities.

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence for killing Odin Lloyd - a semi-pro football player who had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee - in 2013.

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By Mathias Dillion 03/18/2017 08:46:00