Jury in Aaron Hernandez trial sent home for day

Posted April 09, 2017

The double murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez ended on Thursday (local time) with the prosecution and his defence attorneys locking horns over whether he had argued with, or even noticed, the men he is charged with gunning down outside a nightclub.

The biggest reason for that is the inclusion of Pats coach Bill Belichick as a potential witness in the current trial.

Alexander Bradley testified earlier in the trial that he had been driving Hernandez's 2006 4Runner on the night of the murder when Hernandez leaned across him and opened fire on a BMW in the road. He is serving a life prison term for that murder.

To undermine the claim that Hernandez had a drink spilled on him, Baez clung to a photo of Hernandez posing with a fan at Cure, as well as testimony from the man in the picture and another frequent patron of the bar. Hernandez was allegedly a passenger in a auto driven later that night by Bradley, who was told to follow a vehicle containing the two men.

"You have absolute proof that Bradley's lying", Baez told the jury.

Assistant District Attorney Patrick Haggan stuck by Bradley's testimony and showed video from outside the club that depicted Bradley gesturing to Hernandez in a way he said backed up the man's testimony that he was trying to calm his angry friend.

Bradley said Hernandez shot him in the face while the two were on a 2013 trip to Florida after Bradley mentioned the Boston shooting.

In the months leading up to that carnage, Bradley lost his right eye to a shooting he says Hernandez carried out to keep him quiet.

Baez, who gained fame when he won an acquittal for Casey Anthony in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, said Bradley's testimony was "riddled with lies", but prosecutors stuck with him as their star witness because they wanted to convict an National Football League player.

"They are handing out immunity in this case like it's Halloween", Baez said, via Yahoo!

Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday.

Hernandez is now serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez, now 27, grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, and played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012. About six weeks after Furtado and de Abreu were killed, Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots and went on to play another season before Lloyd was killed. He was cut from the team shortly after he was arrested in Lloyd's killed in June 2013.