Closing arguments in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will take place on Tuesday, April 7 at 9 a.m. ET, wrapping up more than two months of testimony. Watch the prosecution and defense make their final remarks live online, or on your mobile device. The live stream video (below) will play when court is in session, but will stop during sidebars and courtroom breaks.
The streaming video of the closing arguments can also be viewed on your mobile phone or tablet, or you can opt to use the Livestream app for iPhone or Android phones.
According to the NY Daily News, Judge E. Susan Garsh has allowed each side 90 minutes to argue their viewpoints before the case is handed to the jury. On Monday, Garsh addressed the jury, telling them to keep an “open mind” about the Hernandez case until they are told exactly what the law is.
“At this time you’ve now heard and seen the evidence that you’re going to see in this case… Tomorrow, the attorneys have a chance to make closing arguments, and I will give you detailed instructions on the law… Continue please to keep an open mind…don’t start making up your mind until you know what the law is… Keep your mind suspended, avoid anything at all about the case that could appear in the media, on social media, including Facebook and Twitter… do not do any research about this case of Mr. Hernandez…We will have closing arguments [Tuesday] and the case will then be yours to deliberate about.”
According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, trial-watchers on Twitter have cast some doubt about how much the jury knows, questioning the possible use of social media to learn more about the case. Judge Garsh has repeatedly told the jurors to keep their “minds suspended,” but many who are discussing the trial on social media feel that because the jurors were not sequestered, their decision may be influenced by the media and the commentary on Twitter.
— Brian Fraga (@BfragaHN) April 6, 2015
Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty in the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. He has been held without bail since his arrest on June 26, 2013, charged with first-degree murder and weapons charges.
There are currently 10 women and 5 men on the jury. According to ABC, twelve jurors will be selected to begin deliberations after the closing arguments are presented on Tuesday. The jury will not be sequestered, but Judge Garsh has stated that once deliberations begin, they can work until 4:30 p.m. each day, or longer if they choose to.
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