Louisiana attorney asks jurors who would judge client based on face tattoos

Sophie Sanders | TheBL 08/07/19, 15:57
William Bottoms Jr., 29, of Greenwell Springs, is charged with second-degree murder in the June 2017 shooting deaths of two Baker men — Dedrick Dewayne Williams, 23, and Mohamed Sead Hussain, 29. (Fox News)

“Would you judge this man?” Louisiana attorney Javis Antwine asked jurors that question saying, “That’s the first thing you see with him.”

His client, William Bottoms Jr., 29, charged with two counts of second-degree murder stemming from the deaths of two Baker men—Dedrick Dewayne Williams, 23, and Mohamed Sead Hussain, 29 in June 2017. They were found shot in the head, in the back of a bar, covered with a sheet, Fox News reported

In court on Monday, Aug. 5, Antwine mentioned his client’s face tattoos—which include skull horns and a set of teeth to 14 potential jurors, explaining that he’s looking for jurors who won’t prejudge Bottoms, The Advocate reported

Responding to the request, most of the potential jurors said they didn’t see a problem with Bottoms’s tattoos.

“It’s a personal choice,” a male potential juror said.

One woman said she doesn’t care for them, but said she won’t judge the double-homicide suspect on that basis. One female potential juror who had three tattoos wasn’t selected to join the jury.

If found guilty, Bottoms will face a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

His girlfriend at that time, Megan Gaylord, is scheduled to testify for the prosecution. Gaylord told investigators that she, Bottoms, and the two now-dead men did drugs together before Bottoms became paranoid and killed the men.


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