A man charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder charges will get a professional makeup artist to cover tattoos on his neck, thanks to the Florida judge on the case, and taxpayer dollars.
John Ditullio was charged in the double stabbing in 2006, when he allegedly wounded a woman and killed a teenager. His first trial, last year, ended in a mistrial.
Ditullio’s lawyer argued that the large swastika and crude insults covering his neck might predjudice jurors, and fought successfully to get the court to pay for the $125 a day services of a cosmetologist, who declined to be named, for fear of losing her business.
Mike Halkitis, the division director for the state attorney’s office in New Port Richey, where the trial will be held, said that he fought the “absurd” request for a cosmetic cover-up last year, and that taxpayers should not have to pay for it.