The defense attorney for a Louisiana man suspected of a 2017 double-murder is hoping that jurors will disregard the detailed, demonic tattoos that cover a majority of his client’s face. William Bottoms Jr., 29, is accused of shooting and killing two men who authorities found in the back seat of a car in June 2017, the Advocate reported.
Bottoms’ lawyer, Jarvis Antwine, brought the tattoos to the attention of the first panel of potential jurors on Monday.
“That’s the first thing you see with him,” Antwine told the group of 14. He told them that he wanted jurors that would not make any assumptions of his client based on his ink-covered face. Most of the panel said they would have no problem with the matter. One prospective juror simply called it a “personal choice,” according to the Advocate.
Bottoms is being accused of second-degree murder, and will face a mandatory life sentence if found guilty. His victims, Dedrick Dewayne Williams, 23, and Mohamed Sead Hussain, 29, were found dead in a car in Grangeville, Louisiana. They were both shot in the head, their bodies covered by a sheet.
Bottoms’ ex-girlfriend, Megan Marie Gaylord, is scheduled to testify for the prosecution. She told investigators that she, along with Bottoms and the two dead men, were driving in a car together under the influence of drugs when Bottoms became paranoid and shot Williams and Hussain. William Bottoms pleaded not guilty, the New York Daily News reported.
Bottoms is not to be confused with his deceased twin brother Lawrence “Dragon” Bottoms, who also sported similar facial tattoos. Lawrence Bottoms was a convicted felon who stabbed a teenager in the face with a screwdriver in 2015.
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