|Testimony: Aaron Hernandez smoked, tallied expensive bar tab night of murder||02.26.15 at 3:19 pm ET|
Thursday during the Odin Lloyd murder trial it was learned Aaron Hernandez and the group he was with spent $273 plus $30 tip at a bar and was asked by the bar manager to stop smoking marijuana on the street outside the bar on the night of the murder.
Also shown to the jury on Thursday was a video showing Hernandez putting gas in his Nissan Altima and dancing in the parking lot — all this according to NECN’s Kathryn Sotnik.
Hernandez is being charged in the murder of Lloyd. The trial began Jan. 9.
‘ Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) February 26, 2015
|Policeman testifies that casing found in Aaron Hernandez’s vehicle matches those found at murder scene||02.25.15 at 1:04 pm ET|
The murder weapon in the Odin Lloyd shooting has not been located, but on Wednesday a Massachusetts State Police sergeant testified in court that the shell casing found in Aaron Hernandez’s rental car matched ones found at the murder scene.
At Hernandez’s trial in Fall River, Sgt. Stephen Walsh said the casing found inside Hernandez’s Nissan Altima by an employee of the rental car company and the five found at the scene were fired by the same gun — a Glock.
The defense responded by claiming bullets fired by a Glock can’t be identified like that.
|Another juror dismissed in Aaron Hernandez case||02.11.15 at 1:16 pm ET|
For the second time in two weeks, a juror was dismissed from the Aaron Hernandez trial in Fall River.
Judge Susan Garsh told remaining jurors after Wednesday’s short morning session it was “for reasons that were entirely personal to that juror. It has nothing to do with this case.”
The panel now has 16 jurors, 12 of whom will decide Hernandez’s guilt or innocence in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.
Wednesday’s session was the first since last Thursday. Jurors routed Hernandez’s home and the crime scene on Friday, and snow forced postponement of sessions on Monday and Tuesday.
The trial will resume Friday.
During Wednesday’s session, Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s fiancee, was in her usual seat behind Hernandez, and the two showed their affection toward each other. Jenkins was given immunity Tuesday, which means she can be forced to testify or face jail time.
|Reports: Aaron Hernandez fiancee Shayanna Jenkins to testify for prosecution in Odin Lloyd murder trial||02.10.15 at 3:16 pm ET|
In a potential devastating development for the Aaron Hernandez defense team, Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh has granted immunity to Shayanna Jenkins to testify for the prosecution, according to multiple reports.
The immunity would clear her from a pending charge of lying to a grand jury before the former Patriots tight end was indicted for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
The prosecution can now use Jenkins to probe the details of what Hernandez allegedly said and did before and after Lloyd’s body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro.
Moreover, since Hernandez and Jenkins were never married, anything he said to her can and will be used against him at trial, with no marital privilege being available to the defense. While never married, the two did have a child together and were engaged before the murder in June 2013.
It’s expected that with immunity now in place, Hernandez’s lawyers will attack his own fiancee’s credibility by pointing out that she used immunity to testify against Hernandez.
|Judge in Aaron Hernandez trial admonishes defense attorney for Deflategate joke||02.06.15 at 11:05 am ET|
Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh has made it clear she doesn’t want any distractions as she oversees the Aaron Hernandez murder trial in Fall River. On Friday, she reminded Hernandez’s lawyer after the attorney made a Deflategate joke.
As a state trooper was testifying about tire pressure Thursday, attorney James Sultan jokingly asked the policeman if he had ever received “training in football deflation devices.”
As the trial resumed Friday morning, Garsh told Sultan that it is serious business, and she does not want any more joking around. Sultan acknowledged and expressed his regret.
The jury was scheduled to tour Hernandez’s North Attleboro home Friday. On Thursday the defense agreed to a prosecution request to remove trophies and religious items that had been added to the home since the events of June 2013, when Odin Lloyd was shot to death and dumped outside an office park near Hernandez’s home. The prosecution cited the O.J. Simpson case, noting that the defense added family photos and religious items to make it appear the defendant was a religious family man.
|Judge in Aaron Hernandez trial tells Odin Lloyd’s mother not to cry on stand||02.04.15 at 1:45 pm ET|
Ursula Ward, who left the courtroom in tears on two other days after seeing photos of her son’s body, started to get emotional again, but Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh told Ward she needed to be in control of her emotions and avoid crying when shown photos of her son. Ward managed to make it through her testimony without tearing up.
Earlier Wednesday, Lloyd’s girlfriend, Shaneah Jenkins, testified that Lloyd and Hernandez spent time together — including occasions when they smoked marijuana — but were not that close.
Jenkins is the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins. After skipping Tuesday’s session, Shayanna was back in court Wednesday, sitting in the front row behind Hernandez and taking notes. She did not appear to make eye contact with her sister.
Hernandez’s defense team has said the former Patriot and Lloyd were friends and there was no reason Hernandez would want to kill him. Lloyd’s bullet-ridden body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez’s North Attleboro home in June 2013.
|As trial starts, Aaron Hernandez’s attorney claims ex-Patriot ‘targeted’ by authorities||01.30.15 at 9:15 am ET|
Aaron Hernandez‘s trial began Thursday, with his defense attorney claiming that the former Patriots star is an innocent man “targeted” because of his fame. Meanwhile, the prosecution presented evidence that showed both Hernandez and Odin Lloyd’s DNA on a marijuana cigarette.
Hernandez is charged in the death of Lloyd, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds in 2013 and was found in an industrial park close to where Hernandez resided in North Attleboro. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
The District Attorney, Patrick Bomberg, played security video for the jury that first showed Lloyd getting into a rental car that Hernandez was driving and then later footage at Hernandez’s home without Lloyd in the car.
Hernandez’s DNA was found on the shell casing from a bullet that had been under the driver’s seat of the car. According to Bomberg, that type of bullet had been fired from the same weapon as the one at the scene of the crime.
In addition, an image from Hernandez’s surveillance system was presented showing the former tight end standing outside his basement with a gun in his hand.
The defense attorney, Michael Fee, said that Hernandez “was planning a future, not a murder” and that authorities couldn’t come up with a motive for the shooting.
“Aaron never had a chance,” Fee said. “They locked on Aaron and they targeted him.”
If convicted, Hernandez could face life in prison. He also will be put on trial for a separate shooting incident that took place in Boston in 2012 and ended with the death of two men.