The jury has ended the second day of discussion and debate regarding the murder case of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, charged with the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd Jr., who was dating his fiancee’s sister.
On June 17, 2013, Lloyd was shot six times in a North Attleborough industrial park, a stone’s throw away from Hernandez’s home.
Along with the murder charge, Hernandez is also charged with illegal possession of a .45-caliber gun and .22-caliber ammunition.
On Wednesday, he was brought to the courtroom several times for clarification on certain issues. Sometimes, he was moved to a cell to avoid word on a verdict. Deliberations started at 9 a.m. and continued until 4:30 p.m.
Hernandez has been charged with three crimes, murder, illegal possession of ammunition and illegal possession of a firearm.
If he is guilty of first-degree murder, he will be sentenced for life without the possibility of parole. If he is found guilty of second-degree murder, he will go behind bars for life with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
In a closing argument on Tuesday, Hernandez’s lawyer, for the first time, said to the court that his client was present at the murder scene, but at the same time, “blamed the murder on his friends, co-defendants Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz,” as CBS Sports pointed out.
Wallace and Ortiz were claimed to be involved in the murder of Lloyd, but they said they are not guilty. Both will be tried at another time, according to the Associated Press.
Prosecutors claimed that the murder was planned by Hernandez. He deliberately drove Lloyd to an isolated area, shot him to dead and later tried to cover it up.