- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A judge has barred prosecutors from referencing the tattoos of two defendants charged in the murder of a man found shot to death in his sport utility vehicle in a northeastern Pennsylvania ravine last summer

Twenty-three-year-old Neil Pal and 23-year-old Jason Dominick are scheduled for trial Monday in Lackawanna County on murder and conspiracy charges in the death of 24-year-old Frank Bonacci, whose body was found in his SUV on a ledge above Roaring Brook in July.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1iUIXtf ) reports that Judge Terrence Nealon barred references to tattoos that he characterized as “sophomoric attempts at bravado,” rather than symbols of gang affiliation.

But he ruled that prosecutors will be allowed to show jurors photos of one of the defendants with a handgun.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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