The Murder Scene
Aaron Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, has been accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. With his friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, who will also both be tried separately, the three men picked Lloyd up from his Massachusetts home on June 2013. Forty miles and hours later, the victim’s body would be found at an industrial park with fatal gunshot wounds.
The Prosecutors’ Side
Although no murder weapon has been found, prosecutors claim to have footage from Hernandez’s home surveillance system of the defendant carrying a .45-caliber handgun. He was captured pulling into his driveway merely minutes after nearby workers claimed to have heard loud noises coming from the park itself.
Lt. Steven Bennett of the Massachusetts State Police had made comparisons between the footprints found at the murder scene to the shoes Hernandez was wearing. Bennett testified that the print found at the scene was in accord with those the ex-football star was wearing – size thirteen Nike Air Jordan Retro 11 Lows.
Along with potentially incriminating testimonies and circumstantial evidence, a series of texts have been revealed amongst all parties. Prosecutors have traced various texts between the three accused, both before and after Lloyd’s death. Observations were made that Hernandez was uncomfortable with the victim being aware of certain details regarding two previous murders dating back to July 2012. Investigators believe this may or may not have been his possible motive behind the murder. *Judge E. Susan Garsh banned this particular aspect of the case, ruling them prejudicial.
The Defense’s Side
Having previously signed a $40 million contract with the Patriots, Hernandez has staked his innocence, pleading not guilty. The former tight end, however, has not been alone through all of this. Several people have remained on his team, including Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft. After meeting with the defendant on several different occasions, he’s declared his lack of involvement in the case and also offered Kraft an alibi – he couldn’t have possibly ended Lloyd’s life if he were at a club at that time. *On the flip side, law enforcement noted that the time of death was not made public at this point in time.
The defense team contended that the video surveillance of Hernandez allegedly holding a gun appeared to resemble a shiny object such as an iPad. Along with this contestable piece of information, Hernandez’s attorneys shot down the analysis of the footprints and the pair of Nike Jordan shoes as well. Claims were made that there was a lack of detail and quality to compare the actual shoe and the replica Lt. Steven Bennett of the Massachusetts State Police had made.
Also testifying on his behalf, Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s wife, confirmed that she was asked to get rid of a box that had the odor of marijuana. She claimed she wasn’t aware of what was inside the box, for she just wrapped it in her daughter’s clothing and threw it away in a random dumpster. Dr. David J. Greenblatt, an expert on the effects PCP has on the brain, will state his case in regards to the defense team. Greenblatt will explain the possible issues of drug use involved in the case.
Life after the Trial
Whether Hernandez remains innocent or is found guilty in the murder of Odin Lloyd, he still faces another round with the judicial system. After the current trial is settled, the family and friends of both Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado will be seeking justice in the murder of their loved ones. In July 2012, Hernandez is accused of shooting both men over a spilled drink at a club in Boston, MA.
The above article was written by Ashley Hill