Report: Aaron Hernandez appeal alleges jury was tainted
Aaron Hernandez's legal team claims a juror in the former New England Patriots tight end's murder trial was improperly exposed to information that could have impacted the outcome of the trial, Boston's FOX 25 reports.
FOX 25 reports that Hernandez's lawyers have recently filed four motions in his appeal including one titled "Defense Motion for post verdict inquiry respecting a juror's exposure to extraneous matters." The attorneys have requested that the documents not be made publicly available.
FOX 25's legal analyst, Brad Bailey, said the title of the motion indicates that defense will argue a juror was improperly influenced by external information.
Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd and sentenced to life in prison without parole. In documents filed as part of the appeal process last month, Hernandez's lawyers claimed "no rational jury" would convict Hernandez of the charges and that the jury used "improper speculation, conjecture and guesswork" when it found Hernandez guilty.
Hernandez was also indicted last month on two murder charges in the 2012 killing of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu, who prosecutors say Hernandez killed after one of the men spilled a drink on him at a night club.
Hernandez also pleaded not guilty to a witness intimidation charge last month. Prosecutors say he shot a friend in the face after the friend made a remark about the Furtado and Abreu killings.
- Dan Gartland