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Judge rejects Aaron Hernandez move to overturn murder conviction 07.01.15 at 2:14 pm ET
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Judge Susan A. Garsh, who oversaw Aaron Hernandez‘s trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, refused a motion to toss the ex-Patriot’s first-degree murder conviction or at least reduce it to second-degree murder on Wednesday.

Hernandez’s defense lawyers asked the court to “invalidate the jury’s verdict and find Hernandez not guilty on the murder charge and one of the gun charges,” according to the Hartford Courant.

Garsh, in refuting the motions, which was a procedural step that needed to be taken before an appeal, wrote in a ruling that “considering the evidence in the light most favorable to the Commonwealth, the court finds that a rational jury could find that the Commonwealth proved every essential element of the crimes charged in counts 1 and 2 beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder, which holds an automatic life sentence without parole.

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Aaron Hernandez’s lawyer says he received tip about potentially ‘untruthful’ juror 06.15.15 at 7:59 pm ET
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A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez said an anonymous tipster alerted him to a problem with one of the jurors who convicted the former Patriots tight end of first-degree murder.

According to court documents released Monday (via The Associated Press), attorney James Sultan first received a call April 16, the day after Hernandez was convicted for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. The woman made several other calls from a blocked number. The names of the juror and the tipster were redacted in the documents, along with specifics of the calls.

According to Sultan, the woman recognized a female juror on television and said the juror was present for a discussion of the Hernandez’s double murder case, for which he is due to go on trial later this year or early next year. The judge barred mentions of those killings at the trial.

Sultan also said the caller informed him that the juror had said she wanted to be seated on the Hernandez panel.

Another juror was dismissed by Judge Susan Garsh during the trial for similar reasons — previously discussing the case and expressing an interest in being seated.

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Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to shooting friend in face 05.21.15 at 10:32 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez returned to court Thursday and pleaded not guilty to a charge that he tried to silence a witness to a 2012 double murder by shooting him in the face.

Hernandez, in court for the first time since being convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013, sported a new tattoo on the right side of his neck — the word “Lifetime” above a star. As an inmate, Hernandez is not allowed to get a tattoo, and he is expected to face discipline for this transgression.

The former Patriots tight end reportedly was put in a segregation unit this week after serving as a lookout for an inmate who entered another prisoner’s cell in order to fight.

On his latest charge, Hernandez allegedly shot Alexander Bradley in the face as the two left a Florida nightclub in 2013. Bradley is believed to have been with Hernandez at a Boston nightclub on July 6, 2012, when Hernandez allegedly shot and killed two men shortly after leaving the club.

According to the prosecution, Bradley infuriated Hernandez by making a comment about the shooting while the two were in Florida in early 2013. Hernandez shot Bradley in the face while the two were in a car, resulting in Bradley losing his right eye. Bradley then was pushed out of the car and left on the side of the road as Hernandez drove away.

The prosecution asked that the witness intimidation case be combined with the murder charges in order to have the cases be tried together. The judge scheduled a hearing for June 4 to discuss that proposal and set a trial date.

In a separate hearing Thursday, Hernandez was hit with a 60-day extension of a restraining order batting him from selling his 2005 Hummer and keeping the money. The family of Odin Lloyd has sued Hernandez, and the family’s lawyers are trying to prevent Hernandez from hiding his assets. The car was found at a used car lot in Wrentham.

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Report: Aaron Hernandez involved in prison gang fight 05.20.15 at 1:23 pm ET
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According to a CNN report, Aaron Hernandez played a role in an apparent gang fight Monday at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, where the former Patriots tight end is being held after receiving a life sentence for murder.

CNN, crediting a law enforcement source, reports that Hernandez served as a lookout for a prisoner who went into another inmate’s cell and engaged in a fight. All three individuals are being disciplined, with Hernandez placed in a special management section of the prison.

Hernandez was convicted in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. He is due back in court Thursday for a status hearing related to his second trial, for a 2012 double-homicide in Boston.

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Aaron Hernandez defense team appeals murder conviction, claims it was based on ‘conjecture and guesswork’ 05.15.15 at 10:36 am ET
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Attorneys representing Aaron Hernandez filed an appeal of his murder conviction Friday in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River, insisting “no reasonable jury” could have found Hernandez guilty of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013.

The defense team cited insufficient evidence and said the verdict was based on “improper speculation, conjecture and guesswork.”

The former Patriots tight end was found guilty of first-degree murder and a host of other charges in April and received a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Under Massachusetts law, his conviction is automatically appealed.

Hernandez also will be tried for the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012. Earlier this week he was charged with shooting a man in the face in Florida, allegedly in an attempt to keep him quiet about the 2012 double-murder.

Also Friday, prosecutors dropped perjury charges against Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins.

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Aaron Hernandez indicted for shooting former friend in face 05.11.15 at 3:12 pm ET
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There are more charges against Aaron Hernandez.

According to the district attorney, Hernandez has been indicted under the the state’s witness intimidation statute for allegedly shooting a witness to the 2012 double homicide in Boston’s South End.

Hernandez allegedly shot the witness in the face on the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, and left him on the side of the road to die in Riviera Beach, Florida, after he made a remark about the homicide.

The charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

The DA is not permitted to name witnesses, but it’s known to be Alexander Bradley, a former friend of Hernandez.

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Aaron Hernandez moved to new maximum-security prison 04.23.15 at 10:10 am ET
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Aaron Hernandez didn’t spend much time at the prison in Walpole about a mile and a half from Gillette Stadium.

According to the Associated Press, Hernandez was moved Wednesday to the maximum-security Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. It houses more than 1,000 inmates.

Last week, Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life behind bars.

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