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Aaron Hernandez - Found guilty of First Degree Murder (UPDATE: committed suicide)

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After spending nearly a year behind bars and dealing with an ever-growing list of legal issues, former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez apparently is running out of cash.

As first reported by Kevin Vaughn of FOX Sports, Hernandez is having trouble paying his lawyers. Two of the men who appeared at this week’s arraignment on double murder charges, Charles Rankin and James Sultan, filed court documents indicating they may no longer be representing Hernandez.

Rankin and Sullivan, along with Michael Fee, have served as Hernandez’s primary counsel. Fee has not filed a similar motion.

On one hand, something doesn’t feel right about lawyers bleeding a millionaire dry and then cutting him lose when he’s out of money. On the other hand, lawyers will end up being out of money if they work for free.

Complicating matters is that Hernandez has been unable to sell his house in North Attleboro, due to the wrongful-death civil lawsuits filed by his three alleged victims. The home, purchased by Hernandez for $1.3 million in November 2012, could eventually be sold to provide compensation to the families.

Hernandez also could see an infusion of $3.25 million. That’s the remaining installment of his 2012 signing bonus, which the Patriots refused to pay in March 2014. While the labor deal gives teams the ability to recover signing bonus money when a player becomes incarcerated, the Patriots chose to quickly cut ties with Hernandez, arguably forfeiting their ability to keep the $3.25 million or to pursue other money from Hernandez.

On Friday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft refused to elaborate on the situation during an event at Gillette Stadium.

“When he was arrested, we cut him from the team, I was very clear about it,” Kraft said, via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. “You can go back and read what I said then. That’s the way I feel, and will continuously feel.”

Feelings of being “duped” may not be enough to allow Kraft and the Patriots to keep their $3.25 million. The only good news for the team is that, if/when the money is paid, Hernandez will likely never actually get any of it, not with three wrongful-death lawsuits and at least three lawyers who have been spending a lot of time working on his various cases.

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Guess we can get this back on the 1st page as the trial is getting ready to start. Kraft and Belicheat may be called as witness's. Haha.

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Judge tells victim's mom not to cry in Hernandez testimony

 

FALL RIVER, Mass. -- The judge overseeing the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez warned the victim's mother to not cry on the stand in front of jurors Wednesday, a reference to the two previous days she left the courtroom in tears when seeing photos of her son's body.

 

"I understand this is very emotional for you," the judge told Ursula Ward, the mother of Odin Lloyd who was set to testify for the first time. With the jury out of the room, Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh instructed her to "retain control of your emotions."

 

Ward did not cry and instead remained stoic as the jury returned and a prosecutor showed her an autopsy photo, then another photo of a smiling Lloyd wearing the same clothes he had on when he was found dead: a plaid shirt and a Red Sox cap.

 

Hernandez, a former New England Patriots player, is accused in the 2013 killing of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semipro football player who was dating his fiancee's sister. Hernandez, 25, had a $40 million contract with the Patriots when he was arrested.

 

Also testifying Wednesday for the third day was Lloyd's girlfriend, Sheneah Jenkins. She said Hernandez and Lloyd often smoked marijuana together and hung out during family gatherings but had only the beginnings of a friendship and were not very close.

 

That contradicts what Hernandez's lawyers have said about the two being friends and Hernandez having no reason to kill him.

 

Wednesday was the first day of Jenkins' testimony that her sister, Shayanna, attended. The two sit on opposite sides of the courtroom:

 

Shaneah with Lloyd's family behind prosecutors and Shayanna with Hernandez's family behind the defense table.

 

Shayanna Jenkins appeared to pay close attention, taking notes as her younger sister spoke and sharing them with one of Hernandez's lawyers during a break.

 

Prosecutors also showed video surveillance from inside Hernandez's home the morning after Lloyd was killed and a few hours after Shaneah Jenkins learned from police that Lloyd was dead. In the video, Shaneah Jenkins is seen driving up to the home, getting out of a car with her uncle and going inside the house. Shayanna Jenkins is then seen coming up to her sister and giving her a long hug.

 

As she watched the video, Shayanna Jenkins put her hand on her head and wiped tears away.

 

The video also shows Shayanna Jenkins carrying what her sister has said was a trash bag toward the basement.

 

Shayanna Jenkins has been charged with perjury and accused of lying to a grand jury, including when she said she couldn't remember what she did with a box prosecutors believe she disposed of after getting a coded message from Hernandez. She has pleaded not guilty.

 

It's possible Shayanna Jenkins will be called as a witness in the Hernandez case.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000468261/article/judge-tells-victims-mom-not-to-cry-in-hernandez-testimony

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That's crazy...  what a mess.

Yeah, I don't know what the woman was supposed to do, her son was murdered, it would be very very difficult for anyone to control their emotions, while facing the person accused of murdering their child.

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Yeah, I don't know what the woman was supposed to do, her son was murdered, it would be very very difficult for anyone to control their emotions, while facing the person accused of murdering their child.

 

Especially showing his autopsy pictures and then a smiling picture of him.

 

That's rough for any Mother to see.

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What a sad story all around. I understand why the judge asked her not to cry, but damn She lost her Son to violence. Every time i have seen pictures or vids on the news with hernadez, he always seems to be smiling. He is either being set up or heartless. This dudes life will be in the hands of 12 strangers. If they find him guilty, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars and he is only 25 and had the best job in the world just 2 years ago. WTF possesses a person to just kill another person for no reason at all ? 

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What a sad story all around. I understand why the judge asked her not to cry, but damn She lost her Son to violence. Every time i have seen pictures or vids on the news with hernadez, he always seems to be smiling. He is either being set up or heartless. This dudes life will be in the hands of 12 strangers. If they find him guilty, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars and he is only 25 and had the best job in the world just 2 years ago. WTF possesses a person to just kill another person for no reason at all ? 

 

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What a sad story all around. I understand why the judge asked her not to cry, but damn She lost her Son to violence. Every time i have seen pictures or vids on the news with hernadez, he always seems to be smiling. He is either being set up or heartless. This dudes life will be in the hands of 12 strangers. If they find him guilty, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars and he is only 25 and had the best job in the world just 2 years ago. WTF possesses a person to just kill another person for no reason at all ? 

 

Aaron Hernandez has got to be one of the dumbest human beings to ever exist on earth.

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Defense rests in murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/defense-expected-rest-murder-trial-aaron-hernandez-053903825--nfl.html

 

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- Lawyers for former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez rested their case in his murder trial on Monday after calling just three witnesses.

 

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd, who was shot six times at an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. At the time of the killing, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots.

 

The first witness was a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, who testified about the effects of the drug PCP, saying that it can cause people to become suddenly violent days after using it. Hernandez's cousin testified that she saw his two co-defendants, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, smoking PCP the weekend of the crime. Both men have pleaded not guilty and will be tried later.

 

But prosecutor Patrick Bomberg went after the testimony, showing surveillance video of Ortiz, Wallace and Hernandez from Hernandez's home before and immediately after the killing. In the videos, the men do not appear to be acting strangely.

 

''This is essentially three minutes after the murder, you'd expect to see something lingering of PCP psychosis or intoxication,'' Bomberg said, asking if Greenblatt could detect such behavior.

 

''You just can't tell,'' Greenblatt replied.

 

After the defense rested, prosecutors called a rebuttal witness to testify about PCP. That witness, Dr. Martin Brecher, a psychiatrist who wrote a paper reviewing cases of PCP over decades, said it was wrong to associate the drug and violence.

 

After the prosecutor finished questioning Brecher, the judge called for a recess and sent the jury out of the room.

 

Testimony earlier Monday by the other witnesses related to DNA on a shell casing found inside a silver Nissan Altima that was rented by Hernandez, which prosecutors say he used to drive Lloyd to his death. When police found the shell casing in a trash bin at a rental car agency, it was stuck to chewed blue bubble gum that also was found in the Nissan. In testing, Hernandez's DNA was found on the shell casing. The defense has argued it got there from the bubble gum.

 

While they spent less than a day putting on a defense, Hernandez's lawyers vigorously cross-examined many of the prosecution's 131 witnesses, some for hours, during the more than 2-month-long trial. They questioned why Hernandez would put his life and career on the line to kill a man they said was a friend. They also attacked what they painted as sloppy police work.

 

Prosecutors have not explained to jurors a possible motive for the killing, they had no witnesses to the shooting and never found the murder weapon. But they presented hundreds of pieces of evidence, including surveillance videos from inside Hernandez's home that showed him holding a black object that 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.

 

Cellphone records also showed the men communicating with Lloyd that night. Surveillance video along the way showed Hernandez driving the Nissan shortly before Lloyd's sister saw him get into a silver car, a moment captured on a neighbor's security camera. Soon after, a toll booth camera caught the Nissan leaving Boston, while Lloyd's phone pinged several cell towers before stopping in North Attleborough for good.

 

Closing arguments are set for Tuesday or Wednesday. After that, the 15 jurors will be given instructions, then three of those will be randomly selected as alternate jurors.

Eighteen jurors began the trial in January, but three were dismissed, including one who is accused of misrepresenting her answers during screening in a bid to get onto the jury.

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Aaron Hernandez found guilty of first-degree murder

 
FALL RIVER, Mass. -- Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder.
 
A Massachusetts jury on Wednesday found Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. He was found shot six times in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's home.
 
At the time, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the Patriots.
 
Hernandez's lawyer acknowledged during closing arguments that he was there when Lloyd was killed. But he pinned the shooting on Hernandez's two friends, saying his client was a 23-year-old kid who didn't know what to do.
 
Prosecutors said Hernandez planned the killing and then helped cover it up.
 
The conviction carries a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000485473/article/aaron-hernandez-found-guilty-of-firstdegree-murder

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Sad situation all around.

 

IMO it was the snowball affect. Committed the murder in Florida, then talked to people about it. Got paranoid(with help from the Angel Dust) he would get ratted out and killed again.

 

Its going to make for a great movie....

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I was a witness to a rape... One of my friends bet another one of my friends $50 that he would get off.

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Enjoy your new luxurious accommodations Aaron.  You earned them. 


Sad situation all around.

 

IMO it was the snowball affect. Committed the murder in Florida, then talked to people about it. Got paranoid(with help from the Angel Dust) he would get ratted out and killed again.

 

Its going to make for a great movie....

 

Duane Johnson as Aaron Hernandez?

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Enjoy your new luxurious accommodations Aaron.  You earned them. 

 

Duane Johnson as Aaron Hernandez?

Good Call. He would be perfect if he could shed that bulk. Always plays the good guy so this part would show some diversity. The question is how would they portray him? The kid from the streets who lost his dad, got in with the wrong crowd, and became a victim of the streets?

 

Or

 

Born Bad/Ruthless/Psychopath?

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Enjoy your new luxurious accommodations Aaron.  You earned them. 

 

Duane Johnson as Aaron Hernandez?

Who did Aaron Hernandez kill?

IT DOESNT MATTTER WHO AARON HERNANDEZ KILLED!!

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