The Louisiana man whose defense attorney sought a jury who wouldn’t judge the double-homicide defendant’s facial tattoos was convicted of murder on Friday.
William Bottoms Jr., 29, faced two counts of second-degree murder stemming from the deaths of two men in 2017. They were found shot in the head, in the back seat of a car, covered with a sheet.
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When selecting a jury earlier last week, Bottoms’ defense attorney, Jarvis Antwine, reportedly told 14 potential jurors he wanted people who would not judge Bottoms for his tattoos — which include skull horns and a set of teeth — on his face and neck.
“That’s the first thing you see with him,” Antwine told jurors, most of whom said they didn’t expect Bottoms’ tattoos to influence their verdict.
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Bottoms’ girlfriend, Megan Gaylord, testified Thursday. She said she, Bottoms and the two now-dead men did drugs together before Bottoms became paranoid and killed the men.
In court Friday, the jury found Bottoms guilty of second-degree murder, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported. A judge sentenced him to two consecutive life terms.