Deliberations begin in ex-NFL star's double-murder trial


Aaron Hernandez's attorney says he subpoenaed Patriots coach Bill Belichick to testify in the former tight end's double murder trial in Boston, but chose not to pursue Belichick when he didn't appear, Yahoo Sports reported. The prosecution's proposed motive is that de Abreu spilled a drink on Hernandez when they were both inside the club, enraging Hernandez to a point of murder.

The former New England Patriots tight end is charged in the fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 16, 2012.

Bradley, the prosecution's star witness, testified that Hernandez opened fire on de Abreu and Furtado's auto two hours after de Abreu bumped into Hernandez at a Boston nightclub and spilled his drink.

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The jury of seven women and five men heard final instructions from Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke before exiting to the deliberation room just after 9:20 a.m.

Hernandez is already serving life in prison for the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez's lawyers told the jury Bradley was the shooter.

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Baez, showing off the skill with which he used to secure Anthony's innocence, said the prosecution's case was "heavy on emotion and low on evidence".

Locke told jurors they shouldn't rely exclusively on the testimony of an immunized witness like Bradley, but also need corroboration for at least one element of the crime. Bradley said Hernandez then opened fire, shooting into the auto five times and continuing to pull the trigger after the gun was empty.

The fact that the jury, after getting the green light to accept Bradley's testimony without corroboration, didn't convict Hernandez before ending their deliberations for the weekend actually suggests that latter is the case, and that the juror who has a girlfriend who has an uncle who once considered going to law school has now moved on to some other argument in favor of a not guilty verdict. He is also charged with witness intimidation and accused of shooting Bradley in the face seven months later in what prosecutors say was an attempt to silence him as a witness to the earlier shootings. He said Hernandez became enraged because he saw it as a sign of disrespect.

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Shortly before sending everyone home for the day Thursday, Locke designated juror #15 as the foreperson and announcer her name in front of media in attendance on on a public broadcast of the trial. "Nobody raised their hands".