Neo-Nazi defendant Gets Tattoos Covered For Trial

By: AP
By: AP

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) --

A second murder trial is beginning for a neo-Nazi whose tattoos are being covered by a cosmetologist so jurors can't see them.

John Allen Ditullio is charged in the stabbing death of 17-year-old Kristofer King and accused of wounding Patricia Wells inside her mobile home in 2003.

Ditullio has a large swastika, barbed wire and a vulgarity tattooed on his face and neck. A judge ruled the tattoos could sway a jury's opinion and ordered them covered. The state is paying a cosmetologist up to $150 a day during Ditullio's trial to cover the tattoos.

During his first trial, a jury deadlocked after deliberating for
almost 10 hours. The retrial is scheduled to begin Monday.


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  • by jlma on Dec 9, 2010 at 06:58 AM
    Did someone throw him down and then put that sh.... on his face. No!! His wants so let him wear it in court. Where he's going after court is over want care. Mr. L will welcome him with open arms. YOU can beleive that. AT That said, may GOD have mercy on him,cause Mr. L want
  • by HMA on Dec 7, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    This is what's wrong with our legal system / industry. You can't blame the judge, he is probably seeking to quash an angle at an appeal.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    Mike I am not against him getting a fair trial. However, he gave up this portion of his rights when he defaced himself with hateful symbols that could not be hidden willingly. I bet he proudly walked around with a swastika on his face when he was a free man, let him do it now. I agree with the previous post, the tattoos seem to be relevant as they indicate the suspects frame of mind.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 at 03:34 AM
    Mike, a fair trial is not making him appear in prison gear. This is NOT "giving him a fair trail" - this is ERASING aspects of a suspect to appease the thin-skinned, politically correct - at tax payer's expense! Now, if the court had given him the option to pay to do this for himself PRIOR to the trial, even that I could understand. But forcing the PUBLIC (the very people we are potentially trying to protect from this man) to pay for this is asinine and fundamentally WRONG.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 at 01:50 PM
    The Seattle Times has the backbone to print that judge's name. We should here too: Circuit Judge Michael Andrews, New Port Richey. Let's get real. What makes Judge Andrews to think he has the right to spend our hard earned money like that. My kids can do without going to the dentist so this murderer can have make up put on? If he wants make up on, let him buy it from the canteen like everybody else and put it on himself!
  • by mike on Dec 6, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    It's funny how many people are suddenly against the idea of a person getting a fair trial, when the person holds values that oppose your own. This man cannot get a fair trial with his current appearance. whether he chose that appearance or not is irrelevant. He does have the right to a fair trial, and that cannot be provided unless those tattoos are hidden. I do agree that they should just use makeup to cover them, it is a waste of money to pay an artist to cover them
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    I could paint the areas with some vinyl paint for under $5 for the entire trial. We are not talking hollywood makeup here, just a little coverup. $150?
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Dec 6, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    A paper bag would be cheaper. His lawyer could cut out some eye holes, and even draw a smiley face on there.
  • by anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 at 10:01 AM
    if he wanted to wear vulgar on his face for us out here, he should wear it for the jury too. be a man, freak. wear your neo-nazi garb for everybody.
  • by L on Dec 6, 2010 at 09:38 AM
    I AM APPALLED at how stupid our judical system can be! Especially in this economy! Was the man's face vandalized and somebody put the tattoos there without his consent? NO! Put some heavy theatrical makeup on him each day. This person CHOSE to have those markings on him, let him bear the consequence. Will this same idiotic judge be paying to have a hairdresser come do a better dye job or perm/straightening on a female defendant/criminal, so the jury isn't swayed by her bad 'do? Holy cow, that is STUPID.
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