Criminal Justice

Murder defendant has horns and 666 tattoo; picture will be shown in voir dire

Potential jurors at a murder trial in Springfield, Massachusetts, will be asked if they can be fair, given the appearance of the defendant.

The accused man, 33-year-old Caius Veiovis, has horn implants and a tattoo of the numbers “666” on his forehead, the Berkshire Eagle reports.

Defense lawyer James Reardon Jr. said in a hearing Thursday that he is concerned about finding a fair jury because of his client’s unusual appearance. “I think we have to get it out there,” he said.

Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder said he would allow jurors to look at Veiovis’ photo during voir dire, and ask them if there was anything about the defendant’s appearance that would keep them from being fair.

Veiovis is accused along with two other men in a triple murder. The two other defendants have already been convicted.

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