BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) -- A man spending life in prison for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing a 10-year-old Massachusetts boy has told a judge he wants to change his name because his "old human name" is religiously offensive.
The Enterprise newspaper reports that Charles Jaynes, handcuffed and representing himself in Brockton District Court, said Tuesday he wants to change his name to Manasseh-Invictus Auric Thutmose V, in line with his constitutional right to practice the Wiccan religion.
Jaynes was one of two men convicted of the 1997 killing of Jeffrey Curley.
Jeffrey's father, Robert, in court to oppose the request, has said Jaynes should not be allowed to hide his crimes behind a new name.
Jaynes said he's reminded of his crime every day he wakes up in prison.
The judge did not immediately rule.
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