A murder suspect from Louisiana, whose lawyers had expressed concern the jury would “judge a book by its cover” for the tattoos all over his face, has been convicted of double murder.
William Bottoms Jr, 29, was convicted on Friday on two counts of second degree murder for the deaths of Muhammad Hussain, 29, and Dedrick Williams, 23, who were both found in a vehicle abandoned in a field on June 1, 2017 by deputies with the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office, news station WAFB reported. He was convicted after jury of six women and six men deliberated for an hour before finding Bottoms guilty.
Court papers say the two were shot several times in the head. Their bodies were covered with a blanket and left in the back seat of the car.
William Bottoms of Greenwell Springs, who has spent most of his adult life in and out of jail, was sentenced to two life terms in prison, the Advocate reported. Court documents reveal he has been arrested at least three times in the last decade.
Bottoms’ lawyer Jarvus Atnwine, had previously feared that jurors would judge his client by his looks, The Post reported. He covered his neck and face with tattoos, which includes devil horns and skull teeth.
According to the Advocate, Antwine told court in closing arguments that his client was a “good dude” and urged prosecutors not to “judge a book by its cover.”
In their closing arguments, prosecutors rebuked the “good dude” remark by Antwine as they detailed the grisly slayings. Prosecutors allege that Bottoms became paranoid while on drugs in June 2017 and gunned down Williams and Hussain.
“Does a good guy shoot two innocent people?” East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Dana Cummings said, according to the Advocate.