BOSTON Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez’s tattoos and historical past of drug use could possibly be among the many proof introduced on the convicted killer’s second homicide trial, which will get underneath manner in Boston on Wednesday with opening arguments.
Prosecutors cost that the 27-year-old former tight finish gunned down two Cape Verdean males exterior a Boston nightclub in Might 2012 after considered one of them unwittingly spilled a drink on him. These killings allegedly got here a 12 months earlier than Hernandez shot lifeless an acquaintance at an industrial park close to his North Attleborough, Massachusetts, residence.
Hernandez is at present serving a life sentence after being discovered responsible of the 2013 North Attleborough homicide. The Boston case represents the second homicide trial he faces in two years.
Suffolk County Superior Courtroom Choose Jeffrey Locke has authorized a request by prosecutors to make use of photographs of a few of Hernandez’s tattoos as proof. Prosecutors argue that two tattoos depicting weapons are references to the double homicide in addition to an alleged nonfatal capturing of a good friend.
Hernandez’s attorneys have indicated in court docket papers that they might name specialists on use of marijuana within the Nationwide Soccer League and on the connection between marijuana and violence. Hernandez’s historical past of utilizing marijuana and typically the stimulant PCP was detailed throughout his first trial.
Prosecutors contend that Cape Verde nationals Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado didn’t notice that considered one of them had brushed in opposition to Hernandez on the nightclub earlier than he adopted them exterior and pursued them in a automotive earlier than the deadly shootings.
Hernandez, who has pleaded not responsible, can also be charged with witness intimidation for capturing his good friend Alexander Bradley within the face on a visit to Florida, after the person talked about the murders. Prosecutors have stated they plan to name Bradley, who misplaced a watch, as a witness to the killing of Abreu and Furtado.
Hernandez had a $41 million contract when he was arrested at his North Attleborough residence in June 2013 and charged with murdering Odin Lloyd, an acquaintance. The group dropped him inside hours of his arrest.
Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft testified at Hernandez’s first trial, telling the jury that the athlete had professed his innocence and claimed to have been a nightclub on the time of the capturing.
The group’s head coach, Invoice Belichick, is listed as a possible protection witness for this trial.
(Enhancing by Matthew Lewis)