Sports How prosecutors proved former NFL player Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder

20:31  19 april  2017
20:31  19 april  2017 Source:   Business Insider Australia

Aaron Hernandez once told Ian Rapoport 'if you f--- me over, I'll kill you'

  Aaron Hernandez once told Ian Rapoport 'if you f--- me over, I'll kill you' When Aaron Hernandez was being investigated for murder, NFL reporter Ian Rapoport saw an interaction he had with Hernandez years earlier in a whole new light. The MMQB's Kalyn Kahler has a piece on Friday speaking with reporters who covered Aaron Hernandez at each stage of his football career. Rapoport, now with NFL Network, was the Patriots beat writer for the Boston Herald when New England selected Hernandez in the 2010 draft. Shortly after they first met, Herndandez threatened to kill Rapoport. The reporter was initially unsure whether to take Hernandez seriously, until Hernandez was suspected of killing Odin Lloyd. When we first exchanged numbers, he called me over and said, "Hey I just want you to know, you're my guy. If you need anything let me know, I will help you out if I can. But I just want you to know, if you f--- me over, I'll kill you." I sort of laughed a little bit, and I said, "Don't worry, I got you, I'll take care of you." It was me and this other reporter from CBS Sports, William Bendetson, and he was standing there and had listened and we kind of turned to each other and both laughed. And then the first text I got after it became clear that Hernandez was the suspect in the murder investigation was from William Bendetson, who was like, Hey remember that day in the locker room? • What legal impact could the potential discovery of CTE in Aaron Hernandez's brain have?​ Hernandez was convicted in the 2013 murder of Lloyd and sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was found not guilty in the 2012 double murder of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu last week, just days before hanging himself in his prison cell. This article was originally published on SI.

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× How prosecutors proved former NFL player Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder . Hernandez was serving a life sentence after being found guilty of killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, 27, whom Hernandez knew socially, in 2013.

Former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez was found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell on Wednesday.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence after being found guilty of killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, 27, whom Hernandez knew socially, in 2013.

Last week, Hernandez was acquitted in a separate murder case stemming from the death of two men in a 2012 drive-by shooting that prosecutors felt was linked to Lloyd's death. While the acquittal did not impact the Lloyd case directly, there was some feeling among legal experts that it would potentially assist Hernandez' chances in an appeal since it was considered part of the motive.

Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prison

  Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prison Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prisonAccording to a statement for the DOC, the former New England Patriot star was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m.

A Massachusetts jury on Wednesday found ex- NFL player Aaron Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder . Hernandez , 25, formerly a tight end for the New England Patriots, stood accused of killing semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd, 27, whom Hernandez knew socially, in 2013.

Aaron Hernandez was found not guilty of two counts of murder on Friday in the killing of two men in a drive-by shooting outside a Boston nightclub in July 2012. The former NFL star faced eight counts in all

In the opening statements of the Oden trial, the prosecution, led by assistant district attorney Patrick Bomberg, laid out its argument -- that Hernandez and two of his associates drove Lloyd to an industrial park close to Hernandez's house and fatally shot him six times.

Through a variety of physical evidence, including video surveillance of Hernandez the morning of the murder, the state successfully argued that Hernandez "orchestrated" Lloyd's death.

The whole situation allegedly began with a text exchange.

Text messages

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The screenshot above shows text messages from Hernandez (labelled as "Dis N---a") on Lloyd's phone. The whole conversation, permissible as a result of a search warrant against Hernandez, reads:

Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown prepares for funeral

  Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown prepares for funeral BRISTOL, Conn. - Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez's Connecticut hometown is preparing to say farewell to him. A private funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday for the former New England Patriots tight end, who was found hanged in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts last week. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder and had just been acquitted of a 2012 double murder. His death has been ruled a suicide.Services will be at a funeral home in Bristol. The burial will be private at an undisclosed location. © Provided by thecanadianpress.com Hernandez's family in a statement Saturday asked for privacy as they mourn.

(AP) Former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez was found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell on Wednesday. Hernandez was serving a life sentence after being found guilty of killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, 27, whom Hernandez knew socially, in 2013.

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Hernandez (9:05 pm): "I'm coming to grab that tonight u gon b around I need dat and we could step for a little again"

[no answer]

Hernandez (9:34 pm): "Waddup."

Lloyd (9:37 pm): "Aite, where."

Hernandez (9:39 pm): "idk it don't matter but imma hit u when I'm dat way like Las time if my phone dies imma hit u when I charge it which will be in a lil."

Lloyd (10:00 pm): "Aite idk anything goin on"

Hernandez (10:13 pm): "I'll figure it out ill hit u on way."

Lloyd (12:22 am): "We still on."

The exchange implied that Hernandez had invited Lloyd out the night of his death. Hernandez's defence, led by Michael Fee, however, tried to spin the conversation as proof of a close friendship between the men in hopes the jury would question Hernandez's motive for the crime.

Video surveillance

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The image above shows a Nissan Altima, rented in Hernandez's name, outside Lloyd's house at 2:33 a.m. on June 17, the day of Lloyd's death. Hernandez allegedly picked Lloyd up, and the prosecution showed a series of text messages Lloyd sent to his sister indicating he was with someone referred to as "NFL" before he died.

Aaron Hernandez’s death officially ruled a suicide after autopsy

  Aaron Hernandez’s death officially ruled a suicide after autopsy Aaron Hernandez, the convicted murderer and former New England Patriot, committed suicide in his prison cell nearly five days after he was acquitted of a double homicide in Suffolk Superior Court, according to his autopsy. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry N. Nields performed an autopsy on Hernandez Wednesday and concluded Thursday that the manner of death was suicide and the cause asphyxia by hanging.

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Screenshot from court

Shortly after that, video surveillance shows Hernandez returning home, without Lloyd. Hernandez apparently lives a "two-minute drive" from the industrial park where Lloyd's body was found.

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Screenshot via court

The screenshot above, from Hernandez's personal home-surveillance footage, showed Hernandez walking through his house, shortly after returning without Lloyd, carrying a dark shape in his hands. The prosecution wanted the jury to believe it was a gun -- a Glock, even more specifically.

Although police never recovered the weapon used to shoot Lloyd, five .45-calibre shell casings were found at the scene of the crime. The investigation also found that the same firearm, with characteristics consistent with a Glock, fired all the shots, according to Bomberg. Another casing, found in the Nissan Altima that Hernandez rented, showed evidence of the former Patriot's DNA.

More evidence linking Hernandez to the crime emerged after opening statements.

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During the trial

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The image above, from the trial, shows blue bubble gum stuck to the shell casing of a .45-calibre handgun, which matched several casings police bagged near Lloyd's body, North Attleboro police detective Michael Elliott told the court.

Elliot also testified that a worker at a car-rental company told him she had thrown away several items from a Nissan Altima rented in Hernandez's name, The Sun Chronicle reported. Police searched the trash bin and found the blue bubble gum attached to a shell casing.

Keelia Smith, the manager of the North Attleboro Enterprise, testified that she found the items and threw them away. She also told the court that Hernandez, at some point, offered her a piece of blue bubble gum, according to the Boston Herald.

Prosecutors had proof that Hernandez bought Blue Cotton Candy Bubblicious bubble gum at a gas station hours before Lloyd's death, according to the Hartford Courant.

White towel Aaron Hernandez © Provided by Business Insider Inc White towel Aaron Hernandez

The trial image above shows North Attleboro Police Detective Daniel Arrighi looking into a paper bag with a towel found near Odin Lloyd's body.

Surveillance footage taken the night of Lloyd's death showed one of Hernandez's alleged accomplices (who face their own trial) at a gas station with the same towel around his neck.

Aaron Hernandez's lawyer invited jury from double-murder acquittal to funeral, juror says

  Aaron Hernandez's lawyer invited jury from double-murder acquittal to funeral, juror says Aaron Hernandez's lawyer invited jury from double-murder acquittal to funeral, juror saysAccording to the Boston Herald, the jurors who acquitted the former Patriots tight end of double-murder on April 14 were invited to Hernandez’s funeral by defense attorney Jose Baez.

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty Wednesday, May 28, 2014, to two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

However, they argued that those “minor inconsistencies” proved Bradley told what he believed to be the truth, rather than a version of events put together by prosecutors or police. Life in prison without parole: Jury finds former NFL player Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder .

The failed defence

In criminal trials, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution, meaning the jury had to find Hernandez guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt." Motive for the crime makes up a significant portion of that argument, and during the trial the defence tried to stir up doubt about Hernandez's reasons for killing Lloyd.

At the time, Hernandez had a $US41 million contract with the New England Patriots and was making wedding plans with his girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins.

On top of that, the defence said, Hernandez and Odin were close friends who smoked marijuana and chased women together. Lloyd, known as the "blunt master," even rolled weed for Hernandez, Fee mentioned casually during opening statements.

"In June of 2013," Fee said, "Aaron Hernandez was planning a future, not a murder." The defence later shocked the jury during closing statements by acknowledging Hernandez was present when Lloyd was killed but "didn't know what to do."

Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Christina Sterbenz and Cork Gaines contributed to this report.

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No verdict in ex-NFL star's murder trial after 3rd day .
The jury in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has finished its third day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. Jurors have spent about 19 hours deliberating since Friday. Deliberations are scheduled to resume Wednesday morning.

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