Aaron Hernandez Trial
Tuesday, March 31
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial continues on Tuesday, with Patriots owner Robert Kraft taking the stand. Kraft was one of almost 300 witnesses listed by the prosecutors who could testify.
Hernandez is charged with one count of murder and is also facing five weapons charges in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player who was dating Jenkins's sister.
On Friday, Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins took the stand and said that Hernandez was drunk during the hours before Lloyd's killing. She continued her testimony in his murder trial on Monday.
During her testimony, Jenkins discussed a box that Hernandez told her to dispose the day after Lloyd was killed. Hernandez did not give her a reason why the box—which was in the basement—needed to be discarded, only saying it was important that she throw it away.
Jenkins, who said she has known Hernandez since they were in elementary school, testified that she thought the box smelled like marijuana. She said she put the box in a trash bag and discarded it in a random dumpster.
Prosecutors have alleged that Hernandez and two other individuals drove Lloyd to an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s residence, where he was shot multiple times.
Hernandez faces life in prison if convicted of all charges.
Hernandez is also charged separately with two counts of murder, three counts of assault with intent to commit murder and a weapons charge in the 2012 deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.
Authorities say that Hernandez shot de Abreu, Furtado and one other man after one of them spilled a drink on him at a nightclub.