Kansas man with ‘murder’ tattoo found guilty in Great Bend homicide

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas man has been found guilty in the shooting death of a Great Bend man.

A jury found Jeffrey Chapman, formerly of Pawnee Rock, guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the death of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt, whose body was found near Great Bend in November 2011.

Prosecutors argued that Chapman killed Galyardt because of the way he was treating a mutual friend. The defense argued Chapman shot Galyardt in self-defense.

The Great Bend Tribune reports no date was set for sentencing.

Chapman’s case drew attention in 2013 when asked to have a tattoo of the mirrored image of the word “murder” on his neck covered or removed before his trial. He was allowed to wear a turtleneck during the trial.


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