Jurors in the upcoming murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will not be presented with particular pieces of firearms evidence that were collected by police investigating the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, reports Fox Sports’ Kevin Vaughan.
Hernandez, 24, is in jail awaiting the trial, and stands accused of the first-degree murder of Lloyd. He pled not guilty in the case and his trial is scheduled to start Jan. 9.
According to court filings, investigators found four boxes of .45-caliber ammunition in an apartment rented by Hernandez in Franklin, Massachusetts, and a magazine for a .45-caliber Glock pistol in a Hummer that was registered in his name.
Prosecutors claim that markings on shell casings found at the murder scene revealed that Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber weapon, but they say no weapon has been found. The jurors will not be told about the gun and the ammunition the police found.
Other motions are pending, including an attempt by Hernandez's attorneys to suppress evidence from his cellphone.
Hernandez also pled not guilty to murder in the 2012 deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, an attack that allegedly occurred after one of the men accidentally spilled a drink on the former Patriots star at a Boston nightclub.
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