BOSTON Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez’s tattoos and historical past of drug use could possibly be among the many proof offered on the convicted killer’s second homicide trial, which will get beneath approach 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 Could 2012 after one among them unwittingly spilled a drink on him. These killings allegedly got here a yr earlier than Hernandez shot lifeless an acquaintance at an industrial park close to his North Attleborough, Massachusetts, house.
Hernandez is presently 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 pictures 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 taking pictures of a pal.
Hernandez’s attorneys have indicated in court docket papers that they could name consultants 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 generally the stimulant PCP was detailed throughout his first trial.
Prosecutors contend that Cape Verde nationals Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado didn’t notice that one among 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 be charged with witness intimidation for taking pictures his pal Alexander Bradley within the face on a visit to Florida, after the person talked about the murders. Prosecutors have mentioned 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 house in June 2013 and charged with murdering Odin Lloyd, an acquaintance. The workforce 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 taking pictures.
The workforce’s head coach, Invoice Belichick, is listed as a possible protection witness for this trial.
(Modifying by Matthew Lewis)