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Post by Nama on Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:35 pm

A Massachusetts grand jury has indicted former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez on a first-degree murder charge in the death of a man whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park near his home.

The grand jury returned the indictment Thursday. It charges Hernandez with the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in June. His lawyers say the case against him is circumstantial and they’re confident he will clear his name. He’s being held in jail without bail.

Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd’s killing because he had talked to people Hernandez had problems with at a nightclub.

Hernandez could face life in prison if convicted.

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Post by Wrapitup on Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:41 pm

GOOD! Am SICK of these athletes thinking they are entitled to do whatever they want! I hope they THROW the book at him!

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Post by HippyChick2 on Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:29 am

The rental car he had rented awhile back was found at his home? Didn't the rental car company think to look at the home of the last one to rent the car (Hernandez)?? Seems like a no-brainer to me.

I kind of discourage my grandkids from "idolizing" ppl in the public eye. Like Miley Cyrus, who started out as a child 'star" and ends up a no-talent slut with smutty and laughable concerts. My grand daughter is crazy over Justin Beiber, who I feel is another falling star. And really, is the NFL allowing gang members and peeps with checkered pasts to become football superstars, "warts and all"? Not cool and I feel sorry for kids who idolize someone who is later arrested for murder, etc.
Wonder what goes through kids head when something like this happens? Sad.
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Normal The Aaron Hernandez Murder Case: PCP, Paranoia And Other New Details

Post by NiteSpinR on Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:55 pm

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was a "heavy user" of PCP and believed people were trying to kill him, according to a lengthy Rolling Stone profile published online Wednesday.
Much of the article rehashes details already made public in news reports about Hernandez's murder trial and his bumpy history at the University of Florida. Yet in interviews with family and friends close to Hernandez, the authors, Rolling Stone contributing editor Paul Solotaroff and Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges, offer new insights into the case and the former Patriot's tumultuous life.
Here are the most interesting tidbits:

Drugs
The juiciest piece of Rolling Stone's deep dive focuses on Hernandez's alleged use of PCP, or angel dust. Hernandez reportedly fell in with PCP users at the end of his high school days, and eventually became a user himself.
One anonymous friend of the family quoted in the piece even seems to blame PCP for Hernandez's behavior:"Aaron’s out of his mind… He’s been twisted on dust now for more than a year, which is when all of this crazy shit started."
It's been previously reported that Hernandez smoked marijuana or, as the profile puts it, that he had a "bottomless taste for chronic." The authors add that Hernandez called Odin Lloyd, the man he is accused of murdering, "Bluntmaster" because of Lloyd's proficiency in rolling blunts.
Friends also tell Rolling Stone Hernandez often smoked "three or four blunts" to unwind on his way home from games.


Paranoia
In the past year, Hernandez began to fear for his life, according to Rolling Stone. In February, he flew to meet Patriots head coach Bill Belichick at the NFL Combine to tell him he thought his seedier friends "were actually trying to kill him," a person close to Hernandez tells the magazine.
Hernandez then reportedly began carrying a rifle in his gym bag, and installed a new security system at his home.
"He was very paranoid, but was that because of his addictions or because he was trying to leave the gang?" the source says.


A safehouse
Belichick, after hearing Hernandez's fear that he was a marked man, told the tight end to lay low and rent a safe place to crash. Hernandez then leased a condo in Franklin, Mass. — the same place where alleged accomplices Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz were staying.


Family problems
Hernandez's dad, Dennis, was a former star football player who got a scholarship to play at the University of Connecticut. But then, according to friends, he developed a bad drug habit, occasionally smoking crack. He also allegedly "beat up dealers for drugs and cash" and bet heavily on sports, according to Rolling Stone.
Dennis died in 2006, when Hernandez was 16 years old — an incident the magazine suggests sent Hernandez down a dark path.
"He wasn’t the same kid, the way he spoke to me," his mother, Terri, told USA Today in 2009. "The shock of losing his dad, there was so much anger."
Soon after Dennis died, Terri married Jeffrey Cummings, an alleged cocaine dealer whose presence led Hernandez to spend more time away from home. Out of the house, Hernandez began to hang around with Ortiz and other dubious characters, according to Rolling Stone.


Nearly cut
Earlier this year, Hernandez nearly cost himself a spot on the Patriots when he skipped training camp exercises and meetings with his therapist, according to Rolling Stone. He also reportedly got into a "loud dispute" with his fiancée and punched through a window.
When Belichick found out about that incident, he "exploded and tendered notice: Any more disruptions and [Hernandez] would be traded or cut at the end of the 2013 season."


Tebow
Hernandez's coach at Florida, Urban Meyer, assigned him three mentors to keep him in line: Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, twin All-American linemen, and, yes, Tim Tebow.
Tebow, the magazine says, was assigned to be Hernandez's "life instructor."



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Post by HippyChick2 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:42 pm

Boy, Tebow sure had his work cut out for him, huh?
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Normal Aaron Hernandez Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Indictment

Post by NiteSpinR on Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:41 pm

September 6, 2013

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge Friday following his indictment in the killing of a friend authorities say was shot five times in an industrial park.

Hernandez firmly answered "not guilty'' to six charges, including murder and weapons and ammunition possession charges.
His attorneys agreed ahead of the hearing that Hernandez, 23, will continue to be held without bail, but reserved the right to request bail later. The next court hearing was set for Oct. 9.

Defense attorney Charles Rankin said outside the courthouse that Hernandez's legal team is confident the ex-Patriot will be exonerated during a trial. "Not one shred of evidence has been presented yet,'' he said.

The arraignment "is like the opening kickoff,'' Rankin said. And, he encouraged people to keep an open mind and let the lawyers and the justice system do their work.

Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter said, in fact, a "tremendous amount'' of evidence has already been presented. He cited 500 pages of documents released to the press and public, including search and arrest warrants, affidavits and photographs taken from a surveillance system at Hernandez's home.

"I think that evidence speaks for itself,'' he said.

Sutter said he hopes the case will go to trial within a year but that it can sometimes take two years or more.

A Massachusetts grand jury last month returned the indictment against Hernandez in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.

Hernandez was arrested in June and pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in district court. The indictment moved the case to superior court, where jury trials in murder cases are held.

Hernandez, who was cut from the Patriots within hours of his arrest, has been held at a county jail without bail.

Prosecutors say the former NFL star orchestrated Lloyd's killing because he was upset at Lloyd for talking to some people with whom Hernandez had problems at a nightclub a few days earlier.

Defense attorneys say the evidence is circumstantial and that the state's case won't hold up.

More than a dozen members of Lloyd's family attended Friday's hearing, most of them wearing purple. Among them was Ursula Ward, the mother of Odin Lloyd, who had tears streaming down her cheeks at one point during the hearing.

Hernandez's girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins, and his mother, were seated on the opposite side of the courtroom.

Some people who appeared to be fans of Hernandez gathered outside the courthouse, including one woman with a "Team Aaron'' shirt bearing his old jersey number.

Two other men who prosecutors say were with Hernandez when Lloyd was killed are also facing charges. Ernest Wallace was indicted on a charge of accessory to murder after the fact. He earlier pleaded not guilty to the same charge in district court and was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

Carlos Ortiz pleaded not guilty to a firearms charge and is being held without bail. He has not been indicted.

Lloyd's body was found by a jogger on June 17 in an industrial park in North Attleborough, about a mile from Hernandez's home. Authorities say Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber Glock, which they have said hasn't been recovered. But prosecutors say they have video footage of Hernandez at his home holding what appears to be a Glock, in the hours before and just after the killing.

Prosecutors have not identified the triggerman, but according to court documents, Ortiz told police Wallace said it was Hernandez.
Hernandez's cousin, Tanya Singleton, also was indicted on a criminal contempt charge after prosecutors say she refused to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in the case, even after they offered her immunity. Her attorney has agreed she be held without bail.

Hernandez is also connected to the investigation of a 2012 double homicide near a Boston nightclub. While probing Lloyd's death, police found an SUV, sought in the earlier killing, at the home of Hernandez's uncle in Bristol, Conn., the former football player's hometown. It had been rented in Hernandez's name.


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Normal Hernandez Murder Trial Likely Will Happen Next Summer

Post by NiteSpinR on Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:25 am

September 7, 2013

Now that former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has officially pleaded not guilty to six counts related to the death of Odin Lloyd, the case can begin to move toward a trial date.

Per a source with direct knowledge of the situation, the trial most likely will happen during the summer of 2014.

That window can shift, based on a variety of factors.  Hernandez could, in theory, change lawyers.  Issues could arise regarding the availability of the lawyers who are handling the case for either side.  The judge presiding over the case may have a scheduling conflict.

Regardless, that’s the time frame in which the trial currently is expected to unfold.  A trial date could be set at the next hearing in the case, which has been set for October 9.  Or it could come later.

Before or after the trial date has been set, it won’t be too early for the two sides to posture for the potential jury pool.  Charles Rankin, one of the members of Hernandez’s legal team, told reporters after Friday’s hearing that Hernandez eventually will be freed.
“[N]ot one shred of evidence has been presented yet,” Rankin said.  “At the end of the day, we’re confident that Aaron is going to be exonerated and we look forward to that process.”

Prosecutor Sam Sutter disagrees.  “There’s a tremendous amount of evidence,” Sutter said.

In the end, no one knows what will happen.  A jury will have to decide whether the Commonwealth can satisfy the standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.  That very high standard protects innocent persons from being wrongfully imprisoned, even if it raises the chances that a guilty man will go free.

In this case, the circumstances point strongly to a conclusion that Hernandez killed Lloyd.  But the absence of the murder weapon and the presence of a star witness (Carlos Ortiz) who may have severe credibility issues could lay the foundation for reasonable doubt.

If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.  That mantra sums up in seven words the ease with which a skillful defense lawyer can persuade a jury to force the prosecution to present not just persuasive evidence but overwhelming proof of guilt.

Meanwhile, Hernandez continues to be investigated for a double murder occurring in July 2012.  While not connected on the surface, some reports have suggested that Hernandez may have killed Lloyd to keep him quiet about the other murders.

If that’s the case, the feds eventually could get involved — and they have the death penalty in their arsenal.

That creates a wide range of potential outcomes for Hernandez.  And no clear answers will be coming for a while.

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Normal Eyewitness Emerges In Hernandez Double Murder Investigation

Post by NiteSpinR on Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:35 pm

October 11, 2013

The case against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd may be getting a little wobbly, but the potential case against him for the July 2012 murders of Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu may be getting stronger.

An alleged eyewitness to the double murder recently told FOX 25 in Boston that the witness, whose identity has not been disclosed, was in the car with Furtado and Abreu at the time of the shooting.
“They just came up and started firing for no reason at all,” the witness, who was shot in the arm, told FOX 25.  “We never had any trouble.  We were not those kind of people.  We were just having fun.”
The witness said he recognized Hernandez after he was arrested for the murder of Lloyd.
“When I see his face, I just recognize his face,” the witness explained.  “Compare his face that night to his face now.  It’s that face that I remember. . . .  I just want to know, what’s the reason?  What’s the point?  Why us?”

A grand jury has been investigating the murders, with Hernandez reportedly the target of the probe.
“We’ve got the best homicide team in the city working on that,” Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis recently told FOX 25.  “They are putting pieces of information together and presenting it to the grand jury, working very closely with the District Attorney’s Office on that case.  I’m satisfied with the direction it’s going in, and I think that we’ll come to the right conclusions on that.”
The right conclusions for the authorities could be the wrong conclusions for Hernandez, ultimately requiring him to face a jury not once but twice with a life sentence hanging in the balance.

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Normal Hernandez's Girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins Pleads Not Guilty To Perjury Charge Connected To Murder Case

Post by NiteSpinR on Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:31 pm

October 15, 2013




The girlfriend of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a perjury charge for allegedly lying to a Massachusetts grand jury, including about disposing of evidence in the murder case against him.

Shayanna Jenkins was released on personal recognizance during her arraignment in Fall River Superior Court on a single perjury count. Prosecutors had sought $5,000 cash bail.

In August, Jenkins lied to the grand jury hearing evidence in the case, including about where she threw out a box Hernandez asked her to “get rid of” in the aftermath of Odin Lloyd’s killing, Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg said.

Jenkins initially invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, but was later granted immunity for her testimony, Bomberg said.

Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty to the June murder of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player from Boston who was dating Jenkins’ sister. He is being held without bail.

In court Tuesday, Bomberg said that the day after Lloyd was killed, Jenkins retrieved the box from the basement of the home she shared with Hernandez in North Attleborough, Mass., put it in a trash bag, covered it with baby clothes and drove away with it.

Jenkins repeatedly told grand jurors she threw the box in a Dumpster but couldn’t recall where, according to Bomberg.

Bomberg did not say what is believed to have been in the box. Hernandez associate Carlos Ortiz, who is charged as an accessory in the case, has told investigators that Hernandez put firearms in a box in his basement after the killing, according to court records.

Prosecutors have said the murder weapon has not been found.

Defense attorney Janice Bassil said Jenkins answered every question asked of her before the grand jury and that prosecutors were overreaching with the perjury charge. She said there is no evidence Jenkins lied and that prosecutors sought the indictment simply because they didn’t believe her. She called lead prosecutor William McCauley’s questioning of Jenkins “extremely aggressive” and heavy-handed.

Bassil described the relationship between Jenkins and Hernandez, who have a young child together, as one of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Bassil had no further comment outside court.

The perjury charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.

Prosecutors have asked the judge assigned to the Hernandez case, Susan Garsh, to recuse herself, saying she and the McCauley have a “well-known and publicly documented history of antagonism” stemming from a 2010 murder trial he argued before her.

McCauley won a conviction in that case but was quoted in the press as criticizing Garsh, saying she had unfairly limited or excluded evidence and exhibited antagonism. A hearing on the request is scheduled for Monday.

Three others face charges in the case. Ernest Wallace and Ortiz, who prosecutors say were with Hernandez and Lloyd in a car on the night Lloyd was killed, have been charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact.

Wallace has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $500,000 bail. Ortiz is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Hernandez’s cousin, Tanya Singleton, has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact and criminal contempt. Prosecutors say she refused to testify before the grand jury even though she was offered immunity.

Hernandez has also been linked to an investigation into a 2012 double homicide in Boston. While investigating Lloyd’s death, police found a sport utility vehicle rented in Hernandez’s name at the home of Hernandez’s uncle in Bristol, Conn., that was wanted in connection with those killings.

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Normal Aaron Hernandez Case: Prosecutors to Appeal Gag Order

Post by Wrapitup on Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:10 am

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Prosecutors are planning on appealing the 25-page gag order in the murder case for former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez.

Prosecutors argue that the case goes "way beyond the rule" that precludes attorneys from stating their opinions about the case outside the courtroom, WCVB Boston reports.

"I've never seen an order like this in 30 years of practicing in the criminal justice system," Bristol County District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter said in a Friday morning interview on a Boston radio station.

Sutter said the case should be treated like other high-profile cases, and argues that Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh is giving the case special treatment.

"Essentially, I can't say anything about the case. I can't go on the air and repeat what took place in court, and to me that's unacceptable because the public has a right to know," Sutter said. "We intend to appeal the decision on the gag order because we disagree with it. We will articulate our position more thoroughly in our appeal in the coming weeks."

Garsh issued a gag order on Feb. 14 that prevents prosecutors and defense attorneys from discussing the case outside of the courtroom. Sutter argues that it goes beyond the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct that prohibit attorneys from making prejudicial comments outside the courtroom.

However, the rules of professional conduct usually allow attorneys to summarize and make comments about the case outside the courtroom, which the gag order for the Hernandez case prohibits.

"The judge has gone way beyond the rule in my opinion, and in the opinion of those who are working on the case with me," Sutter said.

The defense lawyers in the Hernandez case requested a gag order because they accused the district attorney's office of "orchestrating a media stunt" by leaking prejudicial information to the media. Yet, prosecutors have denied doing so, and Garsh wrote that she did not find any evidence to support that contention.

Sutter's office will appeal the order in the next couple weeks, and a hearing could be scheduled for March or April.
It's not the first time Garsh clashed with prosecutors. The Bristol County District Attorney's Office tried to have Garsh recuse herself from the case because she had a strained professional relationship with First Assistant District Attorney William McCauley, one of the prosecutors in the Hernandez case.

In 2010, Garsh clashed with McCauley during a murder trial in New Bedford, in which McCauley accused Garsh of being biased against him. Garsh contended that she had no bias in the case.

Hernandez, 24, is being charged with murder and firearms offenses in the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

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Normal Aaron Hernandez Faces Additional Murder Charges In 2012 Killings

Post by NiteSpinR on Thu May 15, 2014 3:39 pm

May 15, 2014

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly firing a volley of shots from his car into another car, killing two men in Boston’s South End in 2012, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.

Hernandez is accused of murdering Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado. The two men were shot to death while stopped at a traffic light on July 16, 2012, by someone who drove up alongside them in an SUV with Rhode Island plates and opened fire.

The new charges raise the disturbing possibility that Hernandez played NFL games during the 2012-2013 season after murdering two men.

Hernandez now faces charges in three murders. He was already facing a first-degree murder charge in the June 2013 slaying of Odin L. Lloyd of Boston in North Attleborough. Conley had no comment on whether there was a connection between the double slaying in Boston and the slaying in North Atleborough.

Conley said that after a “chance encounter” between Hernandez, Abreu, and Furtado at a Boston nightclub, Hernandez trailed the men in his car. Hernandez then allegedly pulled his car up to theirs, firing a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol “multiple times” into the car, killing Abreu and Furtado, and injuring a third man.

Conley said investigators had been able to recover the murder weapon and the car Hernandez was driving.

“For us, this case was not about Aaron Hernandez. This case was about two victims, who were stalked, ambushed, and senselessly murdered on the streets of the city they called home,” said Conley.

“This was a chance encounter where two young men were out ... and basically had an encounter that led to their deaths,” said Police Commissioner William Evans. “I remember going to the scene that morning. ... It was a terrible tragedy.”

Conley said no more information would be available about the “texture and detail” of the encounter at the nightclub until an arraignment next week.

Conley said media reports had originally suggested that Abreu and Furtado were tied to a Cape Verdean gang based in Dorchester. He said the characterization was “unfair to their families and to their memories.”

“Neither of them were involved in gangs, guns, or violent crime of any kind,” he said.

At the Furtado family home in Dorchester this afternoon Susan Vincente, a cousin, said the news of Hernandez’s indictment had generated powerful emotions.

“This is a very hard time for all of us,’’ she said. “Right now, I can’t even talk.’’

No one was immediately available at the Abreu family home nearby.

Relatives of Abreu and Furtado have filed wrongful death lawsuits in Suffolk Superior Court. Each family is demanding that Hernandez pay them $6 million in damages.

William T. Kennedy,who represents the Abreu and Furtado families, said today that the families are overwhelmed by the news, but also determined to let the Boston community know that the people they lost to gun violence were good men wrongly cut down too early in their life.

“The family would want people to know that Danny and Safiro were just two very good guys who were just trying to make their way in this world,’’ said Kennedy. “These are just a couple of hard-working guys who had dreams like any other. They worked together cleaning toilets at the Quincy YMCA.’’

On July 16, 2012, Kennedy said, “They went out with a couple of other fellas and went to the club, danced with a couple of pretty girls, had a couple of drinks and [were heading] home.’’

He added: “And somehow, they were made the object of somebody’s sick pursuits. There is no good reason at all” for their killings.

The grand jury has also indicted Hernandez’s cousin, Tanya Singleton, on a criminal contempt charge for refusing to testify to the grand jury about the SUV after being granted immunity, Conley said today.

The previously unsolved murders of Abreu and Furtado, two childhood friends from Cape Verde, had reached an investigative dead end until Boston police were urged to focus on Hernandez following the murder of Lloyd. Lloyd’s body was found June 17, 2013, in an industrial park in North Attleborough, not far from Hernandez’s spacious home.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all charges in Lloyd’s murder and is being held without bail in the Bristol County jail.

The Globe has reported, citing law enforcement sources and court records in two states, that investigators were looking into whether Hernandez had allegedly become concerned that Lloyd had told someone about Hernandez’s role in the slayings of Abreu and Furtado.

Investigators had tried to find out if that had prompted Hernandez to allegedly orchestrate Lloyd’s killing with two friends, who now also face murder charges.

Michael Fee and James Sultan, Hernandez’s attorneys in the Lloyd murder case, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The double murder happened a week before the Patriots opened training camp for the 2012-2013 season. During that season, Hernandez played in 10 games, catching 51 passes for 483 yards and five touchdowns.

Lloyd’s relatives have also filed a wrongful death suit against Hernandez in Bristol County, where Lloyd was killed.

Separately, Ernest Wallace, one of Hernandez’s friends, is to be arraigned this afternoon in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River on a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly participating in the killing of Lloyd.

Hernandez’s case has riveted the public and sports fans, presenting the spectacle of a wealthy, young professional athlete who apparently has tossed away a bright future. A month after the double slaying, Hernandez signed a new contract extension with the Patriots worth $40 million. The signing bonus was $12.5 million.

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Post by Wrapitup on Thu May 15, 2014 7:34 pm

Good!! He thinks like a lot of athletes and those in the limelight that he is above the law.

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Post by HippyChick2 on Wed May 28, 2014 9:42 pm

A thug with a sports career. Disgusting, our kids and grandkids look up to some of these athletes. SMDH.
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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:26 am

BY JON SCHUPPE

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez goes on trial Friday for the June 2013 murder of a semi-pro football player, a case that exposed the rich young star's drift into violence and stoked a widening debate about off-the-field behavior of NFL athletes.

Hernandez, 25, is charged with killing Odin Lloyd, a friend whose body was found in an industrial park in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, shot several times and discarded near a mound of construction waste. The case against Hernandez is largely circumstantial, and if he's convicted he faces life without parole.

But the Lloyd murder is just the start of the former tight end's legal troubles. He is also charged in a drive-by shooting that killed two men outside a Boston nightclub. Those 2012 murders might have gone unsolved if not for evidence uncovered in the Lloyd case, including testimony from a former associate who is suing Hernandez for shooting him in a separate attack.

Whether or not he's convicted, the Lloyd case already serves as a coda to a brief but brilliant career that began in Bristol, Connecticut, where Hernandez was a revered three-sport standout who thrived under the strict oversight of his father, a legendary local athlete who pushed his two sons — the other, D.J. Hernandez, was a football star who now coaches at the University of Iowa — to excel in both sports and school. Aaron Hernandez broke all kinds of state football records, and made the honor roll. But when he was 16, his father died from complications after routine surgery, and by many accounts that was the point where the younger Hernandez's personal life took a turn that would sharply diverge from his football career.

On the gridiron, Hernandez continued to excel. He was named the state's top football player in 2007 and left Bristol Central High School early to attend the University of Florida. But off the field, he began associating with shady characters, including the two men who would end up being his alleged accomplices in Lloyd's murder, those who knew him then have said.

Hernandez found trouble in Gainesville, too. He was charged with punching a waiter and was linked to a shooting outside a nightclub, cases that attracted little public interest until the Lloyd murder. He was suspended one game for testing positive for marijuana. But he also won the John Mackey Award as the top tight end in college football and made first-team All-America his junior year. He left for the 2010 NFL draft, where several teams passed on him out of concerns about his behavior. The Patriots ended up selecting him in the fourth round.

He performed well as a rookie, and in his second year he made the Pro Bowl. A $40 million contract extension followed, then a massive new home in North Attleboro, where he lived with his high school sweetheart, Shayanna Jenkins. They had a daughter. He proclaimed he was a changed man.

But Hernandez still hung out with old Bristol friends. They became fixtures at nightclubs. There was more trouble, including the 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston in which he would later be charged. A Bristol friend who was allegedly with Hernandez that night, Alexander Bradley, now says Hernandez shot him in the eye outside a Florida strip club in February 2013.

Neither the 2012 drive-by nor the claimed February 2013 shootings will come up at the Lloyd trial, after a judge ruled those allegations inadmissible. Another blow to the prosecution came a year ago, when it dropped its star witness, Carlos Ortiz, one of Hernandez's two alleged accomplices in the Lloyd killing, because he kept changing his story.

That leaves a largely circumstantial case against Hernandez. His lawyers say none of it amounts to guilt. They're likely to shift the blame to Ortiz and the third alleged accomplice, Ernest Wallace, who face separate trials.

Prosecutors contend that Hernandez killed Lloyd in a fit of rage that began with a dispute at a Boston nightclub, in which the NFL star thought his friend had disrespected him. Lloyd, 27, who hung out with Hernandez and was dating Jenkins' sister, was last seen with Hernandez, Ortiz and Wallace in a rented Nissan Altima, the same model caught on security cameras near the industrial park, prosecutors say. Around that time, Lloyd sent text messages to his sister saying he was with "Nfl," adding later, "just so you know." (Those texts were also ruled inadmissible at trial). An Altima was later captured on video arriving at Hernandez's home, less than a mile from the spot where Lloyd's body was found. Prosecutors also say that Hernandez had guns removed from his house after the killing and arranged a rental car for his two alleged accomplices to return to Connecticut.

Hernandez was arrested at his home on June 26, 2013, nine days after Lloyd's murder. The Patriots immediately cut him.

The Lloyd trial, to be held in Fall River, Massachusetts, is expected to last at least six weeks, with more than a week of jury selection alone. One of those days will likely be spent at Hernandez's home, where jurors will walk past a trophy case attesting to a promising career now dead.

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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:54 am

Aaron Hernandez Trial Begins With Potential Juror Yelling ‘Go Pats’

By Eric Levenson @ejleven
Boston.com Staff | 01.09.15 | 2:01 PM

Here’s one way to get out of jury duty. A potential juror wearing a Bruins jersey at the Aaron Hernandez murder trial was sent home from court today after yelling “Go Pats!” according to reporters at court.

No Patriots or other NFL attire is allowed in the courthouse during his trial, a Superior Court judge ruled in December. That ruling has now extended to all sports attire. Boston Globe’s Maria Cramer reports that a man wearing a Red Sox sweatshirt was told to turn it inside-out, and a man wearing a Nets hat was told to remove the cap.

Friday marked the first day that potential jurors were called to court for the high-profile trial. About 125 potential jurors were told they could still be chosen to serve for the case even if they had previously heard reports about it. Openly rooting for the Patriots, though, was a deal-breaker.

About 1000 people are expected to be brought in to court as potential jurors in the case.

Hernandez, the former star Patriots tight end, is accused of killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in June 2013 in an industrial park in North Attleborough. He has pleaded not guilty.

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20 Prospective Aaron Hernandez Jurors Move Ahead

By Jenny Wilson

Prospective jurors questioned in Aaron Hernandez murder case
FALL RIVER, Mass. -- Prospective jurors in the Aaron Hernandez murder case were brought into court for individual questioning Friday, and 20 of them advanced to the next phase of the selection process.

Hernandez, 25, is charged with first degree murder in the June 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd. The former New England Patriot tight end, who grew up in Bristol, took an active role in helping to select his jury Friday, conferring with his lawyers after each candidate was grilled by the judge. He appeared confident and at ease with the process, clutching a bright yellow legal pad and scribbling notes throughout the day.

Individual questioning was conducted in sidebar conference, meaning that members of the media and the public could not hear what was being asked of potential jurors, nor the responses.

Jurors were led into the Fall River Justice Center courtroom one by one and directed into a huddle with the judge, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Most of them kept their eyes straight ahead on Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh, and did not make eye contact with Hernandez, who was never more than a few feet away.

One woman's response caused Hernandez to burst out laughing, and he had to turn away from the group in an effort to hide his amusement. That juror, a woman who appeared to be in her sixties, was advanced to the next phase.

Individual questioning continues next week, until a group of 50 has advanced. Then, from that group, a jury of 18 will be seated for trial.

The jury pool started out at about 1,000; 324 people were dismissed Thursday based on their answers to questionnaires filled out over the past week. An additional 33 were dismissed Friday after questioning.

The family of victim Odin Lloyd attended Friday's hearing, and sat in the front row of the courtroom to lay eyes on some of the people who may eventually decide whether Hernandez is guilty in their loved one's death.

The trial is expected to last 6-10 weeks. Hernandez is charged with first-degree murder and two illegal weapons counts.

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Aaron Hernandez jury selection continues as trial start date nears.

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JAN 21, 2015 2:16p ET  

Opening statements in Aaron Hernandez's trial could start as soon as Friday or Monday.

FALL RIVER, Mass. – The tedious process of picking a jury to hear murder case against former NFL star Aaron Hernandez moved through its eighth day Wednesday with more than two prospective panel members dismissed for every one who survived a one-on-one interview with the judge.

At of the end of the day, Judge E. Susan Garsh had ruled that 38 possible jury members were “indifferent,” meaning they had no biases or conflicts that she believed would render them unable to be fair and impartial.
Another 98 potential jurors had been dismissed in the process known as voir dire -- with the judge in the area to the side of her normal perch, surrounded by three prosecutors, three defense attorneys, Hernandez, a court reporter and security officers. The conversations are being carried on quietly, and white noise is being pumped into the courtroom, so it is not clear what questions the judge is asking – or what new ones are being suggested by attorneys on one side or the other.

Ultimately, 18 jurors – six of whom will later be identified as alternates – will be chosen to hear the murder and weapons charges facing Hernandez, the former star tight end of the New England Patriots who has been behind bars for 19 months in the killing of Odin Lloyd.

Because each side has the right to excuse as many as 18 jurors without giving a reason, Judge Garsh has said she plans to identify roughly 50 “indifferent” potential jurors, then ask the attorneys for an estimate of how many they plan to dismiss. If both sides intend to use all 18 of their challenges, she will have to continue the process until she has identified 18 potential jurors.

Hernandez faces one count of first-degree murder and two weapons charges in the June 17, 2013, killing of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-professional football player. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins.

Prosecutors have alleged that Hernandez summoned two associates from his hometown of Bristol, Conn., to his Massachusetts home late the night of June 16, 2013, and simultaneously made plans to meet with Lloyd. Hernandez then allegedly drove the other two men, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace Jr., to the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, picked up Lloyd, and returned to North Attleboro.

According to court documents, Hernandez allegedly drove into a secluded area in an industrial park that is surrounded by woods and mounds of asphalt, gravel and dirt. There, Lloyd was shot multiple times.

Although prosecutors have not said who they believe fired the fatal shots, they have asserted that Hernandez "orchestrated" the killing. Ortiz and Wallace have also been indicted on murder charges but will be tried separately. The prosecution does not plan to call either as a witness in the trial.

Garsh estimated late Wednesday that voir dire is expected to continue into Friday and that the earliest she expects to hear the peremptory challenges from prosecutors and defense attorneys is Monday.

But none of that is assured – there have been long periods in which the judge has not identified a single indifferent juror. Before lunch Wednesday, for example, she excused 12 prospective jurors in a row.
The trial itself is expected to last six to 10 weeks.

Hernandez has also been indicted on a separate multiple murder and assault charges in a July 16, 2012, shooting in South Boston that left two men dead and another wounded.

In the Boston killings, prosecutors have said Hernandez purportedly became enraged after a man bumped him on a nightclub dance floor, spilling his drink, and failed to apologize. They alleged that Hernandez later followed the man and his friends as they drove away from the club, then pulled up next to their car at a stoplight and opened fire with a .38-caliber revolver, killing Daniel De Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28, and wounding another man.

That trial was originally scheduled to begin May 28, but the judge there indicated recently he would push it back given the anticipated length of the current trial. No new date has been set.

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Clockwise from top left: Tanya Singleton, Shayanna Jenkins, Michael Fee, Ernest Wallace, Carlos Ortiz, Alexander Bradley.
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By Shannon McMahon
Boston.com Staff | 01.23.15 | 3:37 PM

Anyone who’s watched a down of football since 2010 probably knows who Aaron Hernandez is, and anyone who’s watched the news since 2013 probably knows he’s accused of murdering three people. But a lot of less-familiar names have been swirling around Hernandez in light of the former NFL tight-end’s murder trial – Odin Lloyd, Carlos Ortiz, Ernest Wallace, Tanya Singleton. Who are they, and what did they do (or not do) that led to their involvement in the legal proceedings of the former Patriot who may have fooled us all? With jury selection expected to wrap up on Monday, and opening arguments set to begin on Tuesday, let’s start with the alleged sociopath in question.

AARON HERNANDEZ:

Who is he? A New England native, Hernandez became a football star at his high school in Bristol, Connecticut and went on to play for the University of Florida. His time there was littered with disciplinary issues off the field, including failed drug tests and a 2007 bar fight which fellow Gator Tim Tebow reportedly tried to quell. Hernandez was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2010, and moved to North Attleboro two years later.

In the days following the draft, a Boston Globe article called the new Patriots tight-end “a risky selection” who had a record of using marijuana. The Patriots organization responded with a statement claiming Hernandez had failed only one drug test in college, and was open about it with the team. A 2010 Boston.com article reported that Hernandez’s low signing-bonus suggested the rookie would “have to work for his money, and prove himself capable of keeping his nose clean to cash in.” Two years later he signed a $40 million, five-year extension with the team, which included the largest signing bonus ever awarded to an NFL tight end.

How’s he involved? Hernandez was arrested and charged with the murder of his colleague Odin Lloyd in June 2013— the summer before his fourth season with the Patriots. About an hour and a half after the arrest was made the New England Patriots released him.

At Hernandez’s arraignment, officials claimed he shot Lloyd several times execution style at an industrial park less than a mile from his North Attleboro home. In addition to the first degree murder accusation, Hernandez faces five illegal firearm charges. He pleaded not guilty to all counts.

But those charges were just the beginning. In May 2014 Hernandez was indicted on two more first-degree murder charges for a 2012 shooting in Boston’s South End that killed Daniel Abreu, 28, and Safiro Furtado, 29. Prosecutors alleged that Hernandez followed the men from a nightclub after one of them spilled a drink on the former NFL player. Hernandez shot up their car from his vehicle while the they were paused at a stop light, prosecutors say, killing the two men and injuring one of three additional passengers. Hernandez again pleaded not guilty to all counts.

ODIN LLOYD:

A pin from a funeral service for Odin Lloyd held on June 29, 2013.
Who is he? Hernandez’s most recent alleged victim, Lloyd dated the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee for about a year. Born in the Virgin Islands, he lived in Dorchester and had played linebacker for the Boston Bandits, a semi-professional football team, since 2007. Lloyd has been described as “a football fanatic” who sporadically partied with Hernandez.

How’s he involved? Prosecutors say phone records suggest that Lloyd was picked up by Hernandez on the night of his death: June 16, 2013. The last text messages he sent were to his sister around 3:00 a.m., asking her if she knew who picked him up. “U saw who I’m with,” he wrote. “NFL… Just so you know.” Lloyd is estimated to have been shot around 3:25 that morning in a secluded North Attleboro industrial park.

Lloyd’s sister later told investigators that she knew “NFL” to mean Aaron Hernandez. Prosecutors allege that Hernandez wanted Lloyd dead because he had been spending time with people Hernandez did not like.

DANIEL ABREU AND SAFIRO FURTADO:

Ernesto Abreu, left , held a photo of his son Daniel Abreau , alongside Salvador Furtado, right, who held a photo of his son Safiro T. Furtado, at a press conference. The men in the photos were killed in a car in Boston's South End in July 2012.
Who are they? Victims of the South End double murder, Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado were Cape Verdean immigrants who worked together as housekeepers. Almost a year prior to Lloyd’s death, the two men encountered Hernandez at Cure nightclub in Boston.

How are they involved? Prosecutors claim that Hernandez became angry when Abreu bumped into him, spilled his drink, and did not apologize. After the interaction, prosecutors say, the NFL tight-end left the club and drove around until he spotted Abreu and Furtado in their vehicle at a red light. Hernandez allegedly pulled up beside them and opened fire. Two anonymous officials told The Boston Globe in 2013 that investigators believe Odin Lloyd was murdered because he knew about Hernandez’s involvement in the South End killings.

ALEXANDER BRADLEY:

Bradley in court.
Who is he? Prosecutors say Bradley, 30, is a former friend of Hernandez’s who was with him the night of the 2012 South End slayings. Records show that he was the driver of a vehicle Hernandez was in when they were pulled over for speeding—105 miles per hour—immediately after the Patriots’ January 2013 AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens. Hernandez reportedly tried to prevent Bradley’s arrest by saying “Trooper, I’m Aaron Hernandez. It’s okay.”

How’s he involved? He’s not charged in this case, but was subpoenaed to testify about the 2012 shooting and is currently jailed in Connecticut on unrelated gun charges. Bradley is also currently suing Hernandez for allegedly shooting him in the face after “disrespecting” the NFL player when he left his cell phone in a Miami strip club in February 2013. Bradley lost an eye as a result of the injury, which he says Hernandez inflicted.


ERNEST WALLACE:
Wallace in Bristol Superior Court Thursday in May 2014 in Fall River, Mass.
Who is he? Wallace, 42, is from Bristol, Connecticut. Prosecutors call him Hernandez’s “Right Hand Man.”

How is he involved? Wallace also faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd, and is accused of bringing Lloyd to the industrial park with Hernandez on the night of the 29-year-old’s death. He was initially charged with accessory to murder after the fact, and wasn’t arraigned on the first degree murder charge until May 2014.


CARLOS ORTIZ:
Ortiz (left) in court.
Who is he? Also from Bristol, the 28-year-old met Hernandez through his older brother, D.J. Hernandez, when the two were in high school. Nicknamed Charlie Boy, he lived in Bristol at the time of the murders and sometimes partied with Hernandez.

How is he involved? Prosecutors say Ortiz was with Hernandez and Wallace in the car that picked up Lloyd and brought him to the industrial park on the night of his death. Initially arrested on an illegal gun charge, Ortiz was later charged with accessory to murder after the fact, and now faces first degree murder— a charge that came ten months after the night of the crime.

Early in the investigation Ortiz led investigators to Hernandez’s ‘flop house’: a two-bedroom condo in Franklin where officials say Hernandez stashed the clothing he was seen wearing on the night of Lloyd’s murder, and the same kind of ammunition used to kill Lloyd that night.

Officials said Ortiz changed his story following the murder, first saying he remained in the car while Wallace and Hernandez took Lloyd into the industrial park, and later telling them Wallace remained in the car with him. He has pleaded not guilty, and officials have not clarified which of the three men facing first-degree murder charges they believe pulled the trigger.

Police say that Ortiz recently told them during a polygraph test that he heard several shots and saw Hernandez run back to the car with a gun in his hand shortly after he had walked off into the dark with Lloyd. However, the Associated Press reported that the publicly-released portion of the test’s official transcript bears no mention of a gun, and a murder weapon has not been found.


SHAYANNA JENKINS:
Shayanna Jenkins, the girlfriend of the former New England Patriot.
Who is she? Aaron Hernandez started dating his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, in 2007. The couple had a daughter, Avielle Janelle Hernandez, in November 2012. Soon after their daughter’s birth the family moved into Hernandez’s $1.3 million North Attleboro mansion. Jenkins’ sister, Shaneah, was dating Odin Lloyd at the time of his death.

How is she involved? Jenkins was indicted on one count of perjury after prosecutors alleged that she repeatedly lied in court. Jenkins said in her testimony that she never contacted Ernest Wallace on the day of the murder. However, prosecutors say phone records show she called Wallace seven times that day. Hernandez’s defense recently filed a motion asking that Jenkins disclose any deals she makes with the prosecution about testifying against her fiancé.


TANYA SINGLETON:
Singleton is Hernandez’s cousin.
Who is she? Singleton, also of Bristol, Connecticut, is Hernandez’s cousin.

How is she involved? Singleton was convicted of contempt of court in June for refusing to testify about the South End double slaying after officials found the SUV Hernandez allegedly drove in the attack in her garage, covered in dust. A judge relieved her of a prison sentence because she is being treated for advanced breast cancer. Instead, she was sentenced to house arrest with a GPS tracking device and is permitted to attend doctors appointments.

She now faces a conspiracy charge for allegedly conspiring to commit accessory after the fact; prosecutors say she knew about the Lloyd murder before they did. Singleton wants the conspiracy charges dropped because they are allegedly based on information from Carlos Ortiz, who recently failed a polygraph test and could therefore be considered an unreliable source.


THE DEFENSE:
Fee and Rankin during an evidentiary hearing in October 2014.
Attorneys Michael Fee, James Sultan, and Charles Rankin are Hernandez’s lawyers. Lead defense attorney Michael Fee was called as a witness in October in his motion to remove Hernandez’s Blackberry from evidence, citing “false claim of legal authority” to take the phone. He admitted in October he failed to read a search warrant for Hernandez’s cell phone before handing it over to authorities, resulting in a heated exchange between him and prosecutor William McCauley. The Boston Globe reported: “Under cross-examination of Fee, there were many times that the exchange was anything but cordial. At one point, McCauley asked Fee, ‘Do you consider yourself a competent lawyer?’” Fee fired back that he believed he had a legal responsibility to hand over the phone despite not having immediate access to the prosecutor’s search warrant. Fee said he was on his way to a family occasion when the warrant was served, and didn’t receive a copy before ordering his legal team to hand over Hernandez’s phone to authorities.



THE PROSECUTION:
Prosecutor William McCauley, right, in Bristol Superior Court in October 2013.
Bristol County (MA) District Attorney Samuel Sutter is leading the case against Hernandez alongside the case’s lead prosecutor William McCauley. McCauley previously moved for the judge overseeing the case to step aside, citing legal bias. The prosecutor claims that tensions developed between him and Judge Susan Garsh during a 2010 murder trial in which both were involved. McCauley said Garsh’s biased behavior included wrongful exclusion of evidence, verbal interruptions during his closing arguments, and generally undermining his credibility in front of jurors. Despite the alleged bias, McCauley’s team won the 2010 case.

The prosecution also submitted a witness list for the Hernandez trial in December consisting over 300 people, including Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, Brandon Spikes, and other members of Patriots staff. McCauley and Sutter have been told to cut down the size of that list significantly.


JUDGE SUSAN GARSH:
E. Susan Garsh, a justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts, rejected the prosecutors’ motion for her to step down from overseeing the proceedings in October. She made headlines again in December when she threw out evidence in the case. Garsh ruled that text messages exchanged between Lloyd and his sister, the fact that Hernandez faces murder charges for the 2012 South End slayings, and the details of that double-murder will not be heard by jurors. While text messages sent between Lloyd and Hernandez that night are fair game, Garsh also ruled against the use of a TMZ photo of the former Patriot holding a gun as character evidence. No murder weapon has been recovered, and Garsh said showing the photo would be “piling on.”

Jury selection for Hernandez’s murder trial began on January 9, and is expected to wrap up on Monday, January 26. Opening arguments are expected to begin on Tuesday, January 27.

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40 million dollars..That's staggering!! To play football..I love football but FGS, these players are not worth that much money. Many come from nothing and are millionaires overnight..they think they're entitled/above the law..Hernandez probably thinks he'll get away with it just like OJ did. Now his team is playing in the Superbowl..illegally IMHO due to "underinflated balls".. my 2 cents crap

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Opening statements in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial have been delayed after one of the 18 jurors failed to show up on Thursday.


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ABC News By AARON KATERSKY and EMILY SHAPIRO
January 30, 2015 10:56 PM

Aaron Hernandez Trial: Victim's Girlfriend Says Hernandez, Odin Lloyd Were in 'Beginning Stages' of Friendship

New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd were in the "beginning stages of a friendship" at the time of Lloyd's murder, the victim's former girlfriend said on the stand today.

Hernandez, who dated Jenkins' sister, is charged with orchestrating Llyod's murder.

Today's testimony from Jenkins, now a second-year criminal law student at New England Law School, contradicts the defense team's assertion during opening statements that the two men were good friends.

In opening statements, prosecutors said Hernandez's DNA is on a joint he shared with Lloyd.

When asked if she knew of any time Llyod and Hernandez were together without her, Jenkins said, "just the one I was made aware of the weekend he was murdered."

Emotions ran high as Llyod's relatives sat through testimony earlier today from the captain of the North Attleboro Fire Department, who responded to the 911 call after the body of the semi-pro football player was found after being shot six times.

Capt. John White told the jury he "saw a gentleman laying on the ground" and saw "no breathing" as he walked towards him.

A member of Lloyd's family walked out as White described condition of the body. Other relatives were seen grabbing tissues.

"This person was laying on their back, face up," White told the jury. "He had no pulse. He was cold to the touch. He was very stiff. You couldn't move his jaw, couldn't move his arms."

White pronounced Lloyd dead at the scene. He said he noticed shell casings around the body and blood coming from the right side of the body.

When graphic photos appeared on screen, Judge Susan Garsh paused and reminded jurors of their purpose.

"These photographs are being introduced solely for the purpose so you can see the position of the body or any visible wounds," Garsh said. "Please put aside any emotions or sympathy they may generate."

The first witness today was William Cambio, who saw Lloyd's body. Cambio works near the North Attleboro industrial park where Lloyd's body was discovered.

Another man who saw Lloyd is David Swithers, president of Advanced Electronic Design, the company to which a high school student ran initially after discovering the body.

"I saw an African-American male," Swithers said. "There were flies around his nostrils."

Prosecutors said in opening arguments Thursday that Lloyd's murder was preceded by a text message from Hernandez, now 25.

On June 17, 2013, Hernandez "told Odin Lloyd he was going to come out to his house that night," Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg told the court.

Hernandez was driving when he and two other men picked up Lloyd from his home and brought him to the industrial park, near the Patriots' home at Gillette Stadium, according to prosecutors.

"Odin Lloyd was shot six times," Bomberg told the jury.

Hernandez's defense attorney, Michael Fee, in the defense's opening statement, declared Hernandez "an innocent man" and said the prosecution's account of events was "just a story and it's not true.”

"Aaron Hernandez did not murder his friend Odin Lloyd," Fee told the jury, claiming investigators prematurely zeroed in on Hernandez to the exclusion of other suspects.

"You come with an open mind," Fee said. "Give us a chance to show you the truth."

Next week, jurors are scheduled to see Hernandez's house, Lloyd's house and other locations relevant to the case.

As Hernandez's trial gathers steam, his former team, the Patriots, will play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Hernandez caught Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's last Super Bowl touchdown pass in the team's 2012 loss to the New York Giants.

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Graphic testimony in Aaron Hernandez trial rattles victim’s mother

By Maria Cramer and Travis AndersenGLOBE STAFF JANUARY 30, 2015

FALL RIVER — All morning, Ursula Ward kept her composure as photo after photo of her son’s dead body, face up in a gravel lot, was shown to a jury.

Then a prosecutor showed a picture of Odin L. Lloyd’s face and chest — his eyes were shut, his mouth agape, and one hand curled into a fist. Ward couldn’t take any more.

Weeping loudly, she fled the room. Several jurors, who had been gazing intently at the pictures, looked over at her.

It was the second day of testimony in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who has been charged with killing Lloyd, a 27-year-old semiprofessional football player whose body was found in an industrial yard in North Attleborough on June 17, 2013.

Prosecutors spent the morning laying the foundation for their case — questioning witnesses who were among the first to discover Lloyd’s body, minutes away from Hernandez’s North Attleborough home. A teenage boy running home from the gym was the first to see the body.

The former New England Patriots tight end has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of Odin L. Lloyd.

Captain John White Jr. of the North Attleborough Fire Department recalled how cold Lloyd felt to the touch and how stiff his body was. There were two holes in his chest.

Ward’s reaction to the grisly evidence provoked Judge E. Susan Garsh to ask prosecutors to warn the victim witness advocate, who has been sitting with Ward during the trial, when graphic photos will be shown. The images have been displayed on screens around the courtroom.

Garsh also warned jurors to think clinically about the evidence and not let the graphic nature of the pictures sway their feelings about Hernandez.

“Please be careful,” Garsh told them. “It’s very important you decide this case coolly and without emotion.” NO WAY could I see those pics and not think w/some semblance of emotion!!

Bristol prosecutors have said Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd’s killing the same weekend the two went out to a club in Boston, where Hernandez allegedly became irritated with Lloyd.

Prosecutors say Hernandez summoned two associates, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, to meet him in North Attleborough and go with him to pick up Lloyd in Dorchester. They drove Lloyd in a rented Nissan Altima to an isolated industrial yard where Lloyd was shot five times, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors have not said why Hernandez was angry with Lloyd. Defense attorneys have said Lloyd was a friend of the former NFL player. That friendship, defense attorneys have said, is one of the reasons jurors should find reasonable doubt in the prosecution’s theory that Hernandez wanted Lloyd dead.

But Bristol Assistant District Attorney William McCauley sought to undermine that argument Friday through the testimony of Shaneah Jenkins, Lloyd’s girlfriend. Jenkins, the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna, introduced the two men soon after the couple began dating in March 2012.

Shaneah Jenkins, 23, said Lloyd often came with her when she visited her older sister and Hernandez in North Attleborough. Lloyd and Hernandez would smoke pot together in his basement, which Hernandez called his “man cave.” McCauley showed pictures of the finished basement, which featured a bar, a big-screen television, plush couches, and a long pool table with the Patriots logo etched in the red felt.

Jenkins said the relationship between the men was more cordial than close. “Like beginning stages of a friendship,” she said.

Jenkins, who is scheduled to continue her testimony next week, remained calm on the stand. She rarely looked at Hernandez, who rocked gently back and forth in his chair during her testimony.

Hernandez’s defense lawyers have said they will show the jury that police and prosecutors were sloppy in their investigation and became fixated with pinning Lloyd’s killing on him, ignoring any evidence that contradicted their theory.

On Friday, one of Hernandez’s lawyers, Charles Rankin, aggressively questioned two men who work at a computer firm near the industrial yard and rushed to Lloyd’s body after the teenage boy went to their business for help.

Rankin quizzed them about the path they took to the body, their view of the crime scene from different points, and their interactions with law enforcement. He also tried to establish that the area was less secluded than prosecutors suggested.

Just before testimony concluded for the day, Garsh told jurors she would not forbid them from watching the Super Bowl. But she asked them to avoid listening to any mention of Hernandez on television or by family and friends.

It is unclear if Hernandez, who is being held at the Bristol County House of Correction, will watch his old teammates take the field Sunday.

Bristol Sherriff Thomas Hodgson would only say in a phone interview that Hernandez is being held in the jail’s special management unit. Detainees in that unit do not have television privileges.

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Juror dismissed in Aaron Hernandez murder trial

By Maria Cramer and Travis AndersenGLOBE STAFF FEBRUARY 03, 2015

FALL RIVER — A juror was dismissed Tuesday in the Bristol County Superior Court murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez.

Judge E. Susan Garsh said there was “credible evidence” that, at some point in the past, the female juror had formed an opinion about the case, had said it would be difficult for prosecutors to convict Hernandez without a murder weapon, and had discussed evidence that has been ruled inadmissible at trial.

Garsh said there was evidence the juror had attended more Patriots games in recent years than she had disclosed on her jury selection questionnaire.

Garsh also said there was evidence the woman had previously expressed interest in serving on the jury.

The judge said Juror 96 had made the various statements “in recent years,” but Garsh did not say who the juror had spoken to.

The former New England Patriots tight end has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of Odin L. Lloyd.

Garsh said the juror’s service posed “a substantial risk” to the fairness of the proceeding and the juror should be dismissed in the “best interests of justice.”

Hernandez, a former Patriots tight end, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Odin L. Lloyd of Boston in 2013. His trial began last week.

In an unusual move, the judge ordered the public out of her courtroom earlier Tuesday so she could privately question the juror, who was one of 18 people chosen as jurors for the high-profile trial after an extensive selection process last month.

Garsh said the closure of the court shortly before noon was “no broader than necessary to protect Hernandez’s right to a fair trial.”

Before the closure, attorneys for both the prosecution and the defense had huddled with Garsh at a sidebar conference — with Hernandez standing nearby so he could hear the discussion. The public could not hear what they were saying.

After nearly 20 minutes, a middle-aged woman juror was called into the room and questioned, with the lawyers and Hernandez gathered around her.

The juror was asked to step aside after a couple of minutes so the lawyers could continue talking, and she stood next to a court officer with her arms folded. She then rejoined the group for a second, brief period before leaving the courtroom.

Garsh sent a court officer to tell the jury that she was dealing with “legal issues.” The other jurors were not in the courtroom during the sidebar conference.

Hernandez wore a gray suit and pink tie and hugged one of his lawyers when he entered the courtroom.

The juror issue delayed the resumption of testimony in the case. The trial was expected to resume at 2:30 p.m.

Hernandez, 25, has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in the June 17, 2013, slaying of Lloyd, 27, of Boston’s Dorchester section, who was shot several times in an industrial park near the athlete’s home.

Shaneah Jenkins, the girlfriend of Lloyd, was the last witness to testify last week before the trial was postponed due to a series of snowstorms that pummeled the region.

Jenkins testified that the two men were in the early stages of a friendship at the time of Lloyd’s death.

She also said the men would sometimes smoke marijuana in the basement of Hernandez’s North Attleborough home, and she gave a detailed description of the interior layout of the residence, as well as its video surveillance system.

Defense lawyers have not yet cross-examined her.

Jenkins, a second-year law student in Boston, is in an unusual position. While she was Lloyd’s girlfriend, her sister, Shayanna, is Hernandez’s fiancée and the mother of his daughter. Shayanna faces a perjury indictment in the case and has pleaded not guilty.

The two sisters sat on opposite sides of the courtroom last week until Friday, when Shaneah took the stand. Shayanna was not in court for her sister’s testimony.

Two of Hernandez’s friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, are also charged with murder in Lloyd’s slaying and will be tried separately. They have pleaded not guilty.

After Hernandez is tried in Bristol County, he faces a double murder indictment in Suffolk County stemming from the fatal shooting of two men in Boston’s South End in July 2012.

He has pleaded not guilty in that case as well.

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Sisters divided in murder trial of ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez. They are sisters, born just two years apart. Now they are divided by the aisle of a courtroom.

By MICHELLE R. SMITH
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Shayanna Jenkins, left, fiancee of former  NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, listens to her sister Shaneah Jenkins, right, testify during Hernandez's murder trial at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. The sisters introduced the two men 10 months before the killing. Their once-close relationship now appears fractured, as each sister has aligned herself with a different side.

Shayanna Jenkins, left, fiancee of former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, listens to her sister Shaneah Jenkins, right, testify during Hernandez's murder trial at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. The sisters introduced the two men 10 months before the killing. Their once-close relationship now appears fractured, as each sister has aligned herself with a different side.

The sisters, who introduced the men, now have a relationship that appears fractured. The rift was on full display last week as Shaneah took the stand against Hernandez while her sister sat in the front row, supporting him.

The once-close sisters, for a time, took similar paths, according to Shaneah's testimony.

Shayanna, 25, and Shaneah, 23, grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, and both attended Bristol Central High School. Shayanna had an on-and-off relationship with Hernandez that spanned the last two years of high school. When Hernandez went off to Florida to play football, Shayanna went to community college.

After Hernandez was drafted by the Patriots in 2010, Shayanna left college and moved with him to a Massachusetts condo. Two years later, Hernandez signed a $40 million contract and, that November, Shayanna gave birth to a daughter. The family moved into a mansion in North Attleborough, not far from Gillette Stadium.

Shaneah, like her sister, enrolled in community college but later transferred to Central Connecticut State University. She held down several jobs while majoring in criminology: at a home care company, for a law firm and at a Comfort Suites hotel in Southington, Connecticut.

It was there that she met Lloyd, who was doing electrical work with a crew staying at the hotel, in January 2012. By March, they were dating. They talked every day and after Lloyd's work in Connecticut ended, their relationship deepened.

Lloyd and Hernandez first met in August 2012, when, for the younger sister's birthday, Hernandez got a skybox for a Patriots game at Gillette Stadium. After that, the men saw each other a few times a month, Shaneah told the court. She would stay with her sister and Hernandez when she went to Massachusetts to visit Lloyd every couple of weeks.

"Almost every time I went there, he was with me," Shaneah testified.

During those visits, while the sisters would hang out upstairs, go shopping or get their nails done, Lloyd and Hernandez would sometimes hole up in the basement "man cave" and smoke marijuana, often with other people, Shaneah testified. A few times, the couples went to clubs together.

By May 2013, Shaneah graduated college and had big plans: pursuing a law degree at New England School of Law. She was moving to Boston, she testified, and she and Lloyd were planning to move in together.

The next month, Lloyd was dead.

Shaneah, now a second-year criminal law student, tearfully testified about getting the call from police in the middle of the night. She called her mother. Her next call was to her older sister.

After heading to see Lloyd's mother in Boston, Shaneah and her uncle drove to the home Shayanna and Hernandez shared. Surveillance video played in court from inside the home showed Shayanna giving her a long hug.

As she watched the video play from her seat in the front row, Shayanna put her hand on her forehead, then wiped away tears.

But other parts of Shaneah's testimony seemed to agitate the older sister, who had her arms crossed and bounced her leg, occasionally emitting sighs as her sister spoke.

Shayanna pulled out a notebook and began scribbling notes at a few points, including when Shaneah insisted Hernandez had checked in with her only once to see how she was doing in the days after Lloyd was found dead. Hernandez's lawyer presented Shaneah with her own grand jury testimony, when she said he had periodically asked if she was OK. Shayanna then shared the notes with Hernandez's legal team.

It's not yet clear if Shayanna will testify. Prosecutors say they might call her. They have accused her of getting rid of possible evidence at Hernandez's direction, a box from the basement, using her sister's car. Shaneah testified she saw her sister carry a garbage bag to the basement after getting calls and texts the morning after Lloyd's body was found.

Their mother, Jodi Jenkins, declined to comment for this story. They also have a 16-year-old sister.

Shayanna attended just one day of her sister's testimony: Wednesday, when Shaneah was cross-examined.

During that time, the sisters did not make eye contact, except once.

Soon after she took the stand, the prosecutor asked if she saw her sister in the courtroom. Shaneah at first said no, until Shayanna craned her neck to make sure she was seen.

Hernandez was in the way.

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Fiancée granted immunity for her testimony
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Shayanna Jenkins has sat faithfully with the family of her fiancée, Aaron Hernandez, during her occasional courtroom appearances for his murder trial.
She's chatted with his mother and uncles. She's held Hernandez's brother's hand for support.

She's smiled at the former New England Patriots star, the father of her 2-year-old daughter, as he's entered the fifth floor of Bristol County (Mass.) Courthouse, even though he's accused of killing the boyfriend of her own sister.

Now the whole thing could flip.

On Tuesday, Judge E. Susan Garsh endorsed an application to grant Jenkins immunity in exchange for her testimony. She is now expected to become a prosecution witness, perhaps the most powerful the Commonwealth has.

Hernandez is charged with planning and orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd, who was shot to death early on the morning of June 17, 2013, in an empty field behind an industrial park near Hernandez's North Attleboro, Mass., home. Lloyd, of Boston, was the boyfriend of Shaneah Jenkins, Shayanna's younger sister.

Hernandez and Shayanna Jenkins, 25, had dated on and off since attending high school together in Bristol, Conn. They'd moved in together and had a child as he became a key figure with the Patriots and earned himself a $40 million-plus long-term contract.

Prosecutors have a strong case to put Hernandez at the scene of the crime, but lack a murder weapon, an eyewitness to the shooting, a confession or a clear motive.

They've alleged Hernandez actively covered up the crime and implied in early questioning that Shayanna Jenkins participated by disposing of the murder weapon the following day when she was seen carrying something in a black plastic bag from their basement, then borrowed her sister's car for a half an hour.

What light Shayanna Jenkins can shed on the hours and days after the incident is still unknown. The court sealed the immunity deal. This doesn't 100 percent assure she'll testify, she could still refuse, be held in contempt of court and deal with the reprecussions. Jenkins was accused of lying under oath to a grand jury looking into the case, so it was expected the prosecutors would use that leverage to push for a deal in exchange for her testimony.

Still, she had appeared fiercely loyal to Hernandez thus far.

The Hernandez case was postponed the past two days because of heavy snow in Massachusetts, part of a trend where rough weather has stalled the early parts of the trial. It is scheduled to begin again Wednesday.

There is no indication when Jenkins will testify.

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Post by Nama on Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:00 pm

His girlfriend wants him found not guilty so he can keep earning those millions of dollars and keep her in the style to which she's become accustomed! I wonder how much of his money she has access to right now?

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Law Schooled: A Lesson in the Immunity of Shayanna Jenkins

Immunity is a tricky tactic employed by legal teams. What are the steps in immunizing a witness, and how could this affect the Aaron Hernandez trial?

Shayanna Jenkins, the fiancee of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, listens during his murder trial at Bristol County Superior Court, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Faith Ninivaggi, Pool)

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Boston.com Staff | 02.12.15 | 11:21 AM

Throughout the murder trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, Boston.com will offer insight into the proceedings from local legal experts in a series called “Law Schooled.”

Earlier in the week, it was reported that Shayanna Jenkins had been granted immunity per the request of the prosecution in the trial of her fiancée, former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. This means that Jenkins can testify against Hernandez without fear of incriminating herself in court, and she no longer has the right to plead the Fifth Amendment.

But what are the steps in immunizing a witness, and what kind of affect could this have in the Hernandez trial?

Immunity is a tricky tactic employed by legal teams, and any petitions for it must go through a certain process of approval before becoming reality.

Former state and federal prosecutor Gerry Leone, a current partner at Nixon Peabody in Boston, shed some light on the thoughts––and steps––that go into immunizing witnesses.

Right off the bat, it’s clear he thinks immunity is a mixed blessing, at best.

“I have a lot of experience with cases in which immunity is used, and it’s really something you don’t want to use unless you have to.”

The former federal prosecutor went on to explain his feelings in greater details. “It’s never an easy decision, prosecutors never do it unless they feel they abosolutely have to. First, we don’t want to grant it when you don’t have to, when someone might have done something criminal.”

But this desire seems to take a back seat to what is best for the overall Hernandez case. “If you have a case against multiple defendents, such as this homicide case, those who aren’t charged with the homicide might be granted immunity to make your case against the party responsible for the homicide stronger.”

And there’s little to determine whether or not immunity will be necessary until it is. “You don’t necessarily know going in whether or not you’ll use it. Sometimes it’s done while you’re charging the case, sometimes it’s done after, it all depends on how it shakes out, and how you can prove your case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

When it turned to the specifics of this case, Leone took time to look at the development in light of Jenkin’s perjury charge from December 2013.

“It’s a process, and District Attorneys can’t act unilaterally,” Leone said.

Leone notes that when an immunity petition is filed, it is presented to the other District Attorneys, as well as the Attorney General, for approval. “Sometimes you might be prosecuting a case, and wish to grant immunity to someone, but another District Attorney might be prosecuting that person, so it’s part of the process.”

But beyond the procedural side of immunity, there’s always the question of how a jury will receive a witness testifying with immunity. “It can be a mixed blessing, and that’s why the decision to grant it is difficult. It creates a witness with perceived baggage. They had to be granted this in order to be made to testify.”

The judge plays a part, as they instruct jurors as to how to receive immunized witnesses. Still, Leone is quick to note that “at the end of the day, you can just never know how the jury will receive a witness who had to be immunized.”

Regardless of how the jury receives Jenkins and how long prosecutors wrestled with the decision to grant her immunity, Leone says neither Jenkins nor the prosecution can turn back now.

“Once she is immunized, there is no ability not to testify, she has to, she’ll be held in contempt until she does,” Leone said. “And if she goes on the stand and lies, well, that could be another criminal charge against her.”

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Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial: Another Juror Is Dismissed

BY TARA FOWLER @waterfowlerta 02/12/2015 AT 10:00 AM EST

Another juror was kicked off the Aaron Hernandez murder trial on Wednesday.

At the start of the day's session, Judge E. Susan Garsh told jurors that they may have noticed another one of their colleagues missing, ESPN reports.

"That was for reasons that were entirely personal to that juror," Garsh said. "It has nothing to do with this case."

Another juror was already dismissed on Feb. 3 after evidence emerged that the juror had discussed the case in previous years.

"Over the last few years, the juror has expressed an interest in serving on this particular jury," Garsh said last week. "There is credible evidence that the juror has attended more Patriots games than were disclosed on the questionnaire."

The panel is now made up of 16 jurors. Twelve of them will ultimately decide Hernandez's fate.

The former New England Patriots player, 25, was arrested in June 2013 for allegedly killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancé, Shayanna Jenkins, at the time of the murder.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges.

Jenkins was granted immunity on Tuesday afternoon, but it remains unclear what, if anything, she will tell prosecutors if she is called to the stand, according to the Boston Globe.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges.

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Trooper: Fingerprints show victim in Hernandez's rented car


UPDATED 12:21 PM EST Mar 04, 2015

FALL RIVER, Mass. —The judge in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will not allow prosecutors to introduce evidence about the shooting of a Hernandez friend in Florida a few months before the killing.

Hernandez is charged in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Before the trial began in January, the judge ruled that prosecutors would not be allowed to introduce evidence of the February 2013 shooting of Alexander Bradley. Prosecutors recently asked the judge to revisit the ruling. They say the shooting contradicts the defense argument that Hernandez would not shoot a friend.

But on Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said nothing has changed and she will not allow it.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, a state police trooper who specializes in fingerprint analysis testified that the fingerprints of Hernandez and Lloyd were found inside a car that was allegedly used to drive Lloyd to his death.

Prosecutors say Hernandez, then a New England Patriot tight end, and two friends, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, picked up Lloyd from his home early on the morning of June 17, 2013, shortly before he was killed.

Hernandez also is charged in another case with the fatal shootings of two men in 2012, and prosecutors previously suggested as a possible motive for Lloyd's death that Hernandez may have showed Lloyd the spot where the double slayings took place. But a judge ruled last year that prosecutors can't tell the jury about the double slayings.

Massachusetts State Police Trooper David Mackin, who processed the fingerprints found inside a Nissan Altima that Hernandez had rented, testified Tuesday that Lloyd's fingerprints were found on the handle of the rear passenger side door.

Lloyd's sister testified Monday that she saw Lloyd get into the rear passenger side of a silver Nissan that night but could not see the driver. Video from a neighbor's surveillance camera also showed Lloyd getting into a car at 2:32 a.m. Prosecutors have said Lloyd was dead by 3:30 a.m., shot to death in an industrial park near Hernandez's home.

Mackin testified that Hernandez's fingerprints were found on the inside handle of the driver's side. Surveillance footage from the night of the killing shows Hernandez getting into the driver's seat of a Nissan Altima, which he had rented the previous week.

The fingerprints of Ortiz and Wallace also were found inside the car, Mackin said.

Wallace's fingerprints were found in various places, including on the inside driver's side window, the driver's side seatbelt latch, the front passenger inside door handle and the inside rear passenger door window. Ortiz's fingerprints were found on the rear passenger inside door handle.

Ortiz and Wallace have also been charged with murder and have pleaded not guilty. They will be tried separately.

Around 2 a.m. the day of Lloyd's slaying, Hernandez and Ortiz were captured on video at a gas station south of Boston. It shows Hernandez putting gas in a Nissan Altima before entering the gas station and buying gum and cigars with Ortiz. They get back in the car, with Hernandez in the driver's seat and Ortiz in the back. They leave at 2:12 a.m. Prosecutors have said the group then drives to Lloyd's home in the Dorchester section of Boston.

During cross-examination Tuesday, defense attorney James Sultan went after Mackin's credentials, saying Mackin was not certified as a fingerprint expert.
The defense has tried to paint a picture of a shoddy police investigation, and suggested that Mackin was on the prosecution's side.

In other testimony Tuesday, prosecutors showed the jury text messages that Hernandez, sent to Lloyd hours before the shooting. In them, Hernandez says he wants to meet with Lloyd.

"I'm coming to grab that tonight u gon b around I need dat and we could step for a little again," Hernandez wrote in one text to Lloyd at 9:05 p.m. on June 16. He sent more messages urging them to get together.

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Post by NiteSpinR on Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:50 pm

April 7, 2015

Jurors have begun deliberations in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

Judge Susan Garsh instructed jurors on the law on Tuesday afternoon before sending them to consider whether Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd.

A lawyer for Hernandez acknowledged in closing arguments for the first time that his client was at the scene of a killing and saw it happen, but he described Hernandez to jurors as a kid who simply did not know what to do.

He urged them to find Hernandez not guilty of murder.

"Did he make all the right decisions? No," lawyer James Sultan said during his closing arguments. "He was a 23-year-old kid who witnessed a shocking killing, committed by someone he knew. He didn't know what to do, so he just put one foot in front of the other."

Hernandez is accused in the June 17, 2013, killing of Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Lloyd was shot six times and died in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home. At the time, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots.

Sultan pinned the killing on Hernandez's co-defendants, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz. Both men have pleaded not guilty and will be tried later.

Assistant District Attorney William McCauley told jurors at the beginning of his closing arguments to go through all the evidence.

"If you do that, you'll get to where you need to go, which is to find the defendant guilty for the murder of Odin Lloyd," McCauley said.

Jurors are expected to get the case later Tuesday.

Sultan spent several minutes asking jurors to forget what they have heard about Hernandez in the media and outside the courtroom.

He pointed out that prosecutors never presented a clear motive for why Hernandez would kill Lloyd, saying they were friends and future brothers-in-law and that there was no evidence he would have wanted Lloyd dead.

"You didn't hear because it doesn't exist," Sultan said. "Does the prosecution expect you to fill in that gaping hole in its case with guesswork, speculation?"

He also said investigators unfairly fixated on his client, presuming his guilt and finding what they could to support that theory.

"The investigation done in this case was incomplete, biased and inept. That was not fair to Odin Lloyd, that was not fair to Aaron Hernandez, and it was not fair to you," he said. "All that effort and this is all they could come up with. What does that tell you?"

The trial featured hundreds of pieces of evidence and testimony from 135 witnesses — 132 of them called by the prosecution.

Prosecutors said Hernandez and two friends drove to Boston to pick up Lloyd at his home, then drove him to the industrial park in North Attleborough and killed him. Surveillance video along the way showed Hernandez driving a rented silver Nissan Altima shortly before Lloyd's sister saw him get into a silver car. Soon after, a toll booth camera caught the Nissan leaving Boston. Lloyd's phone pinged several cell towers before stopping in North Attleborough for good.

Surveillance video at Hernandez's home minutes after the shooting showed him holding a black item that appeared to be a gun. A joint found near Lloyd's body had Hernandez's and Lloyd's DNA on it.

After closing arguments, the judge will give the 15 members of the jury instructions. Three of the jurors will then be randomly selected as alternates. The 12-person jury will then be sent to deliberate.

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Post by Nama on Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:37 pm

lawyer for Hernandez acknowledged in closing arguments for the first time that his client was at the scene of a killing and saw it happen, but he described Hernandez to jurors as a kid who simply did not know what to do.
 
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Jurors in the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have found him guilty of first degree murder, which carries a penalty of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

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Aaron Hernandez reportedly placed on suicide watch
Published April 18, 2015FoxNews.com

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star tight end who was sentenced this week to life in prison for murdering his fiancee's sister's boyfriend in 2013, was placed on suicide watch at his Massachusetts prison, TMZ.com reported.

Hernandez has been held at MCI Cedar Junction since his Wednesday conviction. The TMZ report did specify what prompted the move by officials, but the report points out that it is not an uncommon move by prisons, especially when an inmate was recently handed a long sentence.

The report pointed out that Hernandez is separated from other inmates.

Hernandez was convicted in the murder of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper and amateur weekend football player. The conviction carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Hernandez faces further legal trouble: He is awaiting trial on murder charges in the drive-by shooting. He is accused of gunning down two men over a spilled drink at a nightclub.

The former Pro-Bowler, who commanded a salary of nearly $10 million per year and was one of the top young stars in the game as recently as three seasons ago.

He grew up in Connecticut, where he starred for Bristol Central High School. Heavily recruited, he initially committed to play for the University of Connecticut, but later switched to the University of Florida, where he played from 2007 to 2009. With the Gators, he became a starter as a sophomore, and starred in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game in which Florida beat the Oklahoma Sooners, 24–14. The next season, Hernandez was named a first-team All-American.

Hernandez declared for the NFL draft after his junior year, and was selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round. Days after he was selected, The Boston Globe reported that Hernandez had failed multiple drug tests while in college.

As a pro, Hernandez became a rookie starter and scored six touchdowns in 14 games. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate in his second season, in 2011, and helped lead the Patriots to Super Bowl XLVI, which the team lost to the New York Giants 17-21.

After cutting Hernandez, the team immediately voided the remaining years on the contract and moved to recoup all of the signing bonus. Less than a year later, he was arrested for the murder of Lloyd and was soon cut by the Patriots, winners of this year’s Super Bowl.

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Post by NiteSpinR on Mon May 11, 2015 5:30 pm

May 11, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is facing another criminal charge: witness intimidation, prosecutors said Monday.

Hernandez was convicted last month of killing Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister, in June 2013. He also faces two counts of murder in Boston, where he is accused of gunning down two men in 2012 after one caused him to spill his drink at a nightclub.

A grand jury indicted Hernandez on Friday on the latest charge, according to the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley. It said the victim of the intimidation was a witness to the Boston killings, which happened on July 16, 2012.

"Hernandez allegedly shot him in the face on the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, and left him to die on the side of the road in Riviera Beach, Florida, after the witness made a remark about the homicides," the office said in a news release.

Hernandez's lawyers didn't immediately return a message seeking comment on the new charge.

The district attorney's office did not identify the witness, but it is clear from several other court proceedings that it is former Hernandez friend Alexander Bradley.

Bradley has sued Hernandez in Florida, saying that on Feb. 13, 2013, he, Hernandez and two other men went to a strip club in Miami. According to court papers, the two men got into an argument at the club and then again later. Prosecutors in the Lloyd case said in a filing made during that trial that Bradley then made "disrespectful remarks" about Hernandez.

"Shortly thereafter, the car pulled over in an isolated industrial area, where Bradley was shot between the eyes. The defendant exited the car and quickly dumped Bradley's body on the ground before fleeing the scene," a filing from the Bristol district attorney's office said.

Bradley was found soon after by people who worked in the area and survived, although he lost an eye. He refused to cooperate with police at the time and no charges were brought in Florida.


While the shooting happened in Massachusetts, Conley's office said that he may be prosecuted in Massachusetts because he is accused of willfully causing injury to a witness with the intent to impede a criminal investigation in Suffolk County.

Hernandez is serving a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole for Lloyd's killing. The witness intimidation charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

An arraignment has not yet been scheduled for the witness intimidation charge. A hearing on the murder charges is scheduled for May 21, although Hernandez is not expected to be in court.


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Post by Wrapitup on Tue May 12, 2015 2:21 pm

Thanks for the update. He's already in prison for life but he keeps getting more and more charges.

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