|DA claims to have evidence showing Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee lied to grand jury||07.16.14 at 2:50 pm ET|
According to a court filing (via The Associated Press), the District Attorney’s office claims that the fiancee of accused murderer Aaron Hernandez repeatedly lied to a grand jury and that it has “direct evidence” to prove it.
Prosecutors say their evidence contradicts the testimony of Shayanna Jenkins, who has pleaded not guilty to perjury related to the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Her attorney has attempted to have the charge dismissed.
At one point, Jenkins told the grand jury she could not recall where she disposed of a box that she put in a trash bag, covered with baby clothes, and that she was not hiding her actions. Hernandez allegedly directed her to get rid of the box, the contents of which are unclear.
Jenkins, who was granted immunity before testifying, is free on personal recognizance.
|Judge allows Aaron Hernandez to switch jails||07.07.14 at 10:10 pm ET|
Aaron Hernandez will be moved from the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth to a jail closer to Boston, a judge ruled Monday.
The former Patriots tight end attended the hearing and gestured to his mother and brother in the courtroom.
Prosecutors revealed last week that they would not object to the request to move Hernandez so that he could be closer to his lawyers. However, they dismissed accusations that Hernandez’s privacy and due process rights were violated by the jail administrator — claims that were not addressed in court Monday.
Bristol County Judge Susan Garsh also said that she was concerned that the tentative trial date of Oct. 6 for the murder of Odin Lloyd is not realistic due to the amount of evidence as well as motions she expects to be filed. She set the next hearing for Aug. 11.
Hernandez also is charged with double-murder for a 2012 shooting in Boston. He has pleaded not guilty.
|Patriots sign first-round pick Dominique Easley||06.23.14 at 2:44 pm ET|
The Patriots announced Monday that they have signed their first-round draft pick, Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley.
The 22-year-old was selected with the 29th overall pick after playing just three games as a senior for the Gators due to a knee injury. The 6-foot-2, 288-pound Martin finished his Florida career with 81 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and one fumble recovery in 32 games (26 starts).
The Patriots also announced the signing of rookie free agent Chris Martin, an offensive lineman from Central Florida.
Martin, 24, signed with Texans on May 16 but was released 11 days later. A 6-foot-5, 305-pounder, Martin was named to the All-American Athletic Conference second team as a senior after starting 11 games at right tackle and two at left tackle.
|Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers ask for dismissal of Odin Lloyd murder charge||06.16.14 at 1:04 pm ET|
During a hearing Monday in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River, attorneys for Aaron Hernandez asked that the murder charge against the former Patriots tight end related to the killing of Odin Lloyd be dropped.
The attorneys also requested that surveillance video from Hernandez’s home — which showed Hernandez carrying a gun the night of the murder — not be allowed as evidence in the trial because investigators did not have enough probably cause to obtain a search warrant.
The prosecution fought both arguments, explaining the state’s case and insisting there is “powerful evidence” of Hernandez’s involvement.
“The evidence would suggest presence, knowledge and intent to see this thing through,” prosecutor William McCauley said.
Judge Susan Garsh did not immediately rule on the defense’s motions, saying she will take them under advisement and announce a ruling at a later date. She also said to expect a trial to begin Oct. 6.
Hernandez, who also is accused of killing two men in a 2012 incident in Boston, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of assaulting an inmate and threatening a guard.
|Patriots sign rookie free agent WR Jeremy Johnson||06.12.14 at 11:01 am ET|
The Patriots announced Thursday the signing of wide receiver Jeremy Johnson, a rookie free agent from SMU.
Johnson, who stands 6 feet, 179 pounds, was an All-American Athletic Conference second-team player after leading the Mustangs with 112 catches for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2013. In his four years at SMU, Johnson finished with 196 receptions for 1,936 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Johnson, 22, reportedly ran a 4.64 40-yard dash, 6.91 three-cone drill and 4.44 short shuttle at SMU’s pro day in March. He also had a solid performance at February’s College All-Star Bowl.
The Patriots, who on Wednesday released offensive lineman R.J. Mattes, are back at the 90-player roster limit.
|Rob Gronkowski dances up a storm on ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’||06.03.14 at 9:40 am ET|
Rob Gronkowski was the guest star on the improv comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway” on Monday night, and the Patriots tight end made the most of it, showing off his dance moves while two comedians sang a song about him.
Here’s the video of Gronk’s spot.
|Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to 2012 double-murder||05.28.14 at 2:50 pm ET|
Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez appeared in Suffolk Superior Court Wednesday afternoon and entered pleas of not guilty to seven charges related to a 2012 double-murder in Boston.
The judge ordered Hernandez held without bail — he already is being held on charges related to the murder of Odin Lloyd last summer — until his next court appearance June 24.
The Suffolk County DA appears to have the cooperation of Hernandez associate Alexander Bradley, who is believed to be the man who accompanied Hernandez the night of the double murder.
The prosecution laid out the case against Hernandez, describing in detail the events of July 16-17, 2012, when he encountered Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, the two victims. The victims are not believed to have had any familiarity with Hernandez prior to that night.
According to the prosecution, Hernandez was at Cure nightclub when he was bumped into by a dancing de Abreu, spilling Hernandez’s drink. When de Abreu failed to apologize, Hernandez told his friend that he believed de Abreu “deliberately dumped him and was trying him.” Although the two had no contact after that, Hernandez already had become “increasingly sensitive and angered” about what he felt was growing disrespect from people in various area nightclubs.
Hernandez later waited outside for the victims and followed them in his SUV when they drove away with three others in their car. Hernandez drove up alongside the victims’ car and said, “Yo, what’s up now” followed by a racial slur before pumping at least five rounds from a .38-caliber revolver into the car, killing the two men and wounding a third. Two others escaped by running out of the car.
Following the shooting, Hernandez drove to Hartford. He called his cousin, Tanya Singleton, who drove up from Bristol, Conn., and exchanged cars. The SUV was found last year in a garage belonging to a relative of Hernandez’s in Bristol. It had been thoroughly cleaned and had evidence that it had not been driven in a long time.
When the prosecutor finishing speaking, Hernandez’s attorney complained that the prosecution’s speech was unnecessary, and he criticized the fact that the hearing was held in a larger courtroom to accommodate the media. He voiced disapproval with the “spectacle” created by the DA’s office that he claimed was causing a “poisoning of the jury pool.”
The judge firmly rebuked the defense attorney and ended the proceeding after about 20 minutes.
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