The Defense Calls…the Tattoo Artist?

In an interesting twist to the ongoing trial against Aaron Hernandez, investigators are calling upon the tattoo artists who may have inked the former tight end in hopes of finding more evidence in his double homicide case.

According to ESPN, authorities hope the artist or artists cooperate and specify who did certain tattoos on Hernandez’s right forearm between February 2012 and June 2013. Although they have not released which tattoos they are referring to, authorities are searching through possible tattoo parlor locations in which Hernandez had work done, including: Hermosa Beach, California; Bristol, Connecticut; Palm Beach and Miami, Florida.

“We’re intentionally limiting our statements so as not to influence any potential observations by tattoo artists,” said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley. “We want unvarnished and unrehearsed information.”

Although Conley is attempting to help the case by introducing the tattoo artist/artists as witnesses, it could also prove dangerous to the artists. Tabitha Perry, a member of Hernandez’s inner circle who had been interviewed by local law enforcement investigating the June 17 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, died less than six months after surviving a car crash that killed her partner who was also a member of the ex-footballer’s social circle. With witnesses of the trial having a history of eminent death, it is important for the DA to ensure the safety of all witnesses involved before it is too late.