BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — A man concerned that his facial tattoos would hurt his shot at a fair trial has been convicted in a 2017 double homicide in Baker.
William Bottoms Jr., 29, was convicted on two counts of second-degree murder Friday. An East Baton Rouge Parish jury ruled that Bottoms shot Muhammad Hussain, 29, and Dedrick Williams, 23, in the head multiple times.
Sheriff’s deputies in St. Helena Parish found Hussain and Williams in a vehicle left in a field. The victims’ bodies were wrapped in a blanket and placed in the car’s back seat, detectives said.
Investigators tied Bottoms to the murders through dashcam footage. Video likely taken before the shooting shows a deputy helping him when his vehicle ran out of gas. The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab also spotted evidence pointing Bottoms to the crime.
A defense attorney argued that jurors would be biased against Bottoms because of his facial tattoos, which depict skull teeth and devil horns. Multiple jurors told the attorney that they took no issue with the defendant’s art.
Bottoms has a long history with law enforcement. He has been arrested at least three times over the past decade. His twin brother, a convicted felon, was killed in April after pointing a gun at a Mississippi sheriff’s deputy.
Ad hoc Judge Bruce Bennett sentenced Bottoms to two consecutive life terms.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.