Trial of neo-Nazi begins in New Port Richey

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New Port Richey, Florida - Opening statements began today in the trial of a self-described neo-Nazi accused of murdering a 17-year-old man.

John Ditullio Jr. is accused of breaking into a neighbor's home on Teak Street in Pasco County in 2006 and fatally stabbing 17-year-old Kristopher King and wounding neighbor Patricia Wells. Wells says she was targeted, because African American friends would visit her home.

Wells is expected to take the stand Today.

The case brought national attention a judge ordered  23-year-old Ditullio to have several tattoos on his face and neck  covered up - at taxpayers' expense.

The tattoos -- barbed wire across Ditullio's face, an expletive on one side of his neck, and a neo-Nazi symbol -- were ordered to be covered up by a judge. The court hired a makeup artist to do the makeover, and taxpayers will be charged as much as $150 a day.

"People have received new teeth. People have had their hair done professionally for court," said Ditullio's attorney Bjorn Brunvand.

David Leonard, 10 Connects

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