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Aaron Hernandez murder case: Investigators seek tattoo artists' help

Former NFL playerAaron Hernandez is charged with three counts of murder.  (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald) Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez is charged with three counts of murder. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald)

Investigators are asking for assistance from tattoo artists who may have done work on former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, saying it can help in the prosecution of the 2012 double murder Hernandez is charged with committing, reports the Associated Press.

The Suffolk district attorney's office in Massachusetts said the tattoo artists are witnesses, not suspects.

Prosecutors have charged Hernandez in three murders in separate cases. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 28 on two counts of murder for allegedly shooting Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston in 2012.

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Hernandez has been in jail since last June. He was accused of killing semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd and plead not guilty to those charges.

"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."

Authorities are looking to speak with the artists who inked Hernandez's right forearm between February 2012 and June 2013. 

More from the AP:

Both of Hernandez's arms are covered with tattoos, and photographs of his right forearm show inked stars, words and other designs. Authorities specifically mentioned several places in their quest for tattoo artists: Hermosa Beach, California; Bristol, Connecticut; Palm Beach and Miami, Florida; Massachusetts; and Rhode Island. They stressed, however, that they are open to speaking with anyone anywhere who did tattoo work on Hernandez during the time period.

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