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The Prosecution Rests in the Muder Trial of Aaron Hernandez

April 2, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The prosecution has rested its case in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. Lloyd was killed at an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s home.

Before resting their case Thursday, prosecutors called more than 100 witnesses and submitted hundreds of pieces of evidence. Those included surveillance videos from inside Hernandez’s home that showed him holding what appeared to be a gun less than 10 minutes after Lloyd’s killing. A joint found near Lloyd’s body had DNA from both men on it.

The trial has lasted more than two months.

Hernandez’s lawyer has said he expects to rest Monday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A state medical examiner testifying Thursday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star end Aaron Hernandez is detailing the victim’s gunshot wounds.

Dr. William Zane is expected to be the last witness called by the prosecution before it rests.

His testimony was graphic at times as he detailed the gunshot wounds that killed Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. Lloyd was killed at an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s home. At the time, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots.

Lloyd’s mother and other family members were sitting in their usual spot in the front row behind prosecutors Thursday morning. His mother left the room ahead of Zane’s testimony.

Defense lawyer James Sultan has previously said he expects to present witnesses and rest his case Monday.

Prosecutors have called more than 100 witnesses since testimony began Jan. 29, including team owner Robert Kraft, who testified this week that two days after the killing Hernandez looked him in the eye and told him he was innocent. They also submitted hundreds of pieces of evidence, including surveillance videos from inside Hernandez’s own home that showed him holding a black object that appeared to be a gun less than 10 minutes after Lloyd’s killing. A marijuana joint found near Lloyd’s body had DNA from both men on it.

Hernandez’s legal team has gone after that evidence, calling into question the testimony of an employee of weapons manufacturer Glock who had identified the black object in Hernandez’s hand as a gun and arguing instead that it was a piece of electronics such as an iPad or a TV remote. They also have gone after the police investigation, painting it as bumbling and inept and saying Hernandez was targeted as a suspect because he is a celebrity.

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