Aaron Hernandez trial to resume after bomb threat at courthouse

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Aaron Hernandez trial evacuated due to bomb threat
Thursday March 26th, 2015

The site of the Aaron Hernandez trial was evacuated on Thursday after a bomb threat was called into the courthouse.

The bomb threat was called into Bristol County Superior Court about noon ET, reports The Boston Globe.

Reporters at the courthouse tweeted updates and photos while being evacuated. The trial was set to resume at 2 p.m. ET, reports Fox Sports' Kevin Vaughan.

The judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys convened at a cafe across the street after evacuating.

Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end, is on trial for first-degree murder and weapons charges over the June 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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The judge in the trial told reporters not to take pictures or video of any jurors, reports ESPN's Michele Steele.

On Tuesday, Hernandez's cousin, Jennifer Mercado, was called to the stand.

Bristol County (Mass.) prosecutors believe that Mercado possesses vital information in the case. She is the sister of Tanya Singleton, who allegedly helped co-defendant Ernest Wallace flee to Florida in the days following Lloyd’s murder in North Attleboro (Mass.). Mercado also observed Wallace and co-defendant Carlos Ortiz hours before Lloyd’s murder and, through Hernandez’s fiancée Shayanna Jenkins, Mercado received money from Hernandez while he’s been incarcerated.

Mike Fiammetta

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