Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty of Murder
Aaron Hernandez is going to have a lot of time to think about what he did. The former New England Patriots star tight end, who was being tried for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, finally learned his fate on Wednesday morning: he’s guilty.
Most of the public and Hernandez probably already knew that, but the jury made it official on Wednesday, coming to a guilty verdict and agreeing Hernandez was guilty of all other charges, as well.
Hernandez gave no visible reaction as the verdict was read, but quickly sat down and was consoled by his lawyers as the jury responded to the judge asking if their individual verdicts were accurate. Each juror responded “yes” as Hernandez’s fiance’ and mother wept in the courthouse.
Hernandez faces life in prison with no parole and is expected to be tried in a separate double-murder case. Hernandez is expected to be sentenced Wednesday morning, although Hernandez and his lawyers are expected to pursue an appeal immediately.
Hernandez was found guilty of murdering friend Odin Lloyd in the first degree, as evidence suggested he and Lloyd were in the same car at the same time late at night the night before Lloyd’s body was found in an industrial park. There was speculation that Lloyd knew about Hernandez’s other murder case and that Hernandez killed him due to not being able to trust him.
Part of Hernandez’s defense admitted to being at the scene of the crime, and even stated that Hernandez “witnessed” Lloyd’s death. The defense suggested Hernandez was not the trigger man, however, but merely saw the murder happen and “didn’t know what to do”.
The jury didn’t buy Hernandez’s weak defense, while too much evidence piled against him. Despite Hernandez looking guilty from the very beginning, however, many speculated he could get off due to the lack of a murder weapon and perceived reasonable doubt. The jurors eventually concluded that Hernandez had motive and that one way or another, he was responsible for the death of Lloyd.
A former standout tight end with the Patriots, Hernandez was set to earn well over $40 million with the recent Super Bowl champs before news broke that he was being investigated for murder. New England quickly cut ties with the troubled star, who then embarked on a lengthy trial. Just 25 years old, Hernandez is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
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