The Aaron Hernandez murder trial was interrupted due to a bomb threat in the Fall River Superior Court on Thursday, immediately sparking rumors on Twitter that the threat was called in by someone associated with the former New England Patriots tight end.
I wonder who “ORCHESTRATED” this “bomb threat”. I know he prefers “guns”, but I guess this was the next best thing, AH!? #AaronHernandez
— Amanda Henderson (@ASSAYA) March 26, 2015
Shayanna said she’s just gonna take everyone out, wonder how much #AaronHernandez paid her?
— MW (@misseswh8) March 26, 2015
According to NBC 10 reporter Adam Bagni, an evacuation was ordered at approximately 12:20 p.m. during the testimony of Bank of America employee Susan Duncan. Judge Garsh stood up in front of the courtroom and calmly announced that the building was being evacuated, but it didn’t take long for word to get out that a bomb threat was the reason for the hasty evacuation.
Jurors were quickly moved to a building across the street in an attempt to shield their identities from the press. There were multiple reports from reporters on the scene that the judge issued a warning to media not to film jurors, but it’s possible that some photos may have been taken.
At approximately the same time that the Fall River courthouse threat was made, another bomb threat was reportedly called into a nearby courthouse in Taunton, Massachusetts.
I’m told there was a simultaneous bomb threat at Taunton courthouse (about 15 miles away), bomb threat seems unrelated to particular case
— Lisa Kraus Edwards (@LAKEdwards) March 26, 2015
Reporter Lisa Krauss Edwards tweeted that the threat was said to be related to another case being tried in the same building as the Aaron Hernandez trial, but that information has not been confirmed by authorities.
Meanwhile at cafe across the street, #AaronHernandez attorneys are seated around a couch, drinking iced coffee and shooting the breeze
— Brian Fraga (@BfragaHN) March 26, 2015
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) March 26, 2015
Update: Shortly before 3 p.m., the Fall River police have issued a press release about the bomb threat, stating that there was no evidence of a bomb in the courthouse, and that the “person or persons responsible for this crime” would face felony charges if apprehended.
— Adam Bagni (@NBC10_Adam) March 26, 2015
Shortly after 1 p.m., the court building in Fall River was cleared for re-entry, and it was announced that the Aaron Hernandez trial would resume at 2 p.m. The trial is now in its 34th day, with speculation that the prosecution will wrap up next week. Whether or not Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, will testify next week is still unknown.