The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez enters into its fifth week on Monday, March 2, with a full week of testimony expected at Fall River Superior Court in Massachusetts.
After weeks of testimony from witnesses called by the prosecution, trial-followers on Twitter seem to be leaning towards a guilty verdict. The murder of Odin Lloyd has been making headlines since his body was found near Hernandez’s home back in 2013, prompting speculation on social media that Hernandez is guilty of murder long before both the prosecution and defense rest their case.
Aaron Hernandez is guilty. Why not just plead instead of spending all that money to lose? You know you did it.
— Jenny (@jstaub08) February 23, 2015
— Chris Sacoco (@csacoco) February 25, 2015
Aaron Hernandez is soooo guilty its crazy — Shana (@ShanaLeex3) February 24, 2015
According to Sports Illustrated, Bristol County prosecutor Patrick Bomberg and Michael Fee, one of the attorneys representing Aaron Hernandez, both delivered “radically different opening statements.” Bomberg tried to convince the jurors that the former Patriots tight end orchestrated the murder of Odin Lloyd. Fee stressed that there is no gun to prove that he shot Lloyd, and called the prosecution’s statements “sensationalized and dishonest.”
What happened to the gun used in the shooting is still unknown, but there was a strong reaction on Twitter as to where it went when prosecutors showed a video of Aaron’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins putting a black trash bag in the trunk of a car that belonged to her sister, Shaneah. It is still not known when, or if Shayanna will be called to testify.
This is pretty damning. Prosecutors have hinted that Shayanna got rid of the murder weapon – in a trash bag. #AaronHernandez
— Bob McGovern (@BobMcGovernJr) February 24, 2015
Defense making point that Shayanna wasn’t hiding the trash bag. That’s been a consistent defense – #AaronHernandez didn’t hide anything…
— Adam Bagni (@NBC10_Adam) February 24, 2015
The Hartford Courant reports that the prosecution plans to call Kyle Aspinwall, a sales manager for Glock to the stand this week. Prosecutors say that this is the type of gun prosecutors Hernandez was holding when he was captured on surveillance in his home shortly after the shooting. Aspinwall will supposedly offer “an opinion” about what he thinks is in Hernandez’s hand in the grainy video.
Also expected on the witness stand this week is Odin Lloyd’s sister, Olivia Thibou who reportedly received her brother Odin Lloyd’s last texts before his death, as well as additional testimony from Ricardo Leal, a Sprint employee.
Watch the Aaron Hernandez trial live streaming online here. Court is scheduled to be in session full days Monday through Wednesday, and until 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. However, per the Fall River Herald, the start time on Monday will be 10:15 a.m. due to snow.
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