Hernandez murder trial likely will happen next summer

Reuters

Now that former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has officially pleaded not guilty to six counts related to the death of Odin Lloyd, the case can begin to move toward a trial date.

Per a source with direct knowledge of the situation, the trial most likely will happen during the summer of 2014.

That window can shift, based on a variety of factors.  Hernandez could, in theory, change lawyers.  Issues could arise regarding the availability of the lawyers who are handling the case for either side.  The judge presiding over the case may have a scheduling conflict.

Regardless, that’s the time frame in which the trial currently is expected to unfold.  A trial date could be set at the next hearing in the case, which has been set for October 9.  Or it could come later.

Before or after the trial date has been set, it won’t be too early for the two sides to posture for the potential jury pool.  Charles Rankin, one of the members of Hernandez’s legal team, told reporters after Friday’s hearing that Hernandez eventually will be freed.

“[N]ot one shred of evidence has been presented yet,” Rankin said.  “At the end of the day, we’re confident that Aaron is going to be exonerated and we look forward to that process.”

Prosecutor Sam Sutter disagrees.  “There’s a tremendous amount of evidence,” Sutter said.

In the end, no one knows what will happen.  A jury will have to decide whether the Commonwealth can satisfy the standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.  That very high standard protects innocent persons from being wrongfully imprisoned, even if it raises the chances that a guilty man will go free.

In this case, the circumstances point strongly to a conclusion that Hernandez killed Lloyd.  But the absence of the murder weapon and the presence of a star witness (Carlos Ortiz) who may have severe credibility issues could lay the foundation for reasonable doubt.

If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.  That mantra sums up in seven words the ease with which a skillful defense lawyer can persuade a jury to force the prosecution to present not just persuasive evidence but overwhelming proof of guilt.

Meanwhile, Hernandez continues to be investigated for a double murder occurring in July 2012.  While not connected on the surface, some reports have suggested that Hernandez may have killed Lloyd to keep him quiet about the other murders.

If that’s the case, the feds eventually could get involved — and they have the death penalty in their arsenal.

That creates a wide range of potential outcomes for Hernandez.  And no clear answers will be coming for a while.

26 responses to “Hernandez murder trial likely will happen next summer

  1. If Hernandez is as innocent as he claims he would have posted bail. He will be in jail for over a year before his trial even starts and could have recovered some of the money playing football somewhere while enjoying his freedom.

  2. this probably won’t even be allowed to post, but where are all the people who compared this to Ray Lewis now? You glass house idiots jumped on it at first chance , now I can barely find you when it comes to Aaron Hernandez unless your willing to display your idiocy for all to see.

  3. Apparently, one regular season game is not enough! Let’s hope that Sunday’s schedule can help us re-focus.

  4. crs334 says: Sep 7, 2013 9:03 PM

    Hernandez is inocent

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    So, they have AH with Lloyd right before he died, he texted his sister to make sure she knew who he was with, AH is on his own cameras freaking about about not being able to trust anyone with a gun in his hand, they find the same flavor of gum he’s on video buying with a credit card and a freaking shell casing in AH’s rental car….but he’s innocent? Huh?

    If I ever kill someone, I’d like you on my jury.

  5. therealraider says:

    If Hernandez is as innocent as he claims he would have posted bail. He will be in jail for over a year before his trial even starts and could have recovered some of the money playing football somewhere while enjoying his freedom.
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    Lol only a Raider fan.

    He’s being held without bail, he does not have the option to post it.

  6. [N]ot one shred of evidence has been presented yet,” Rankin said. “At the end of the day, we’re confident that Aaron is going to be exonerated and we look forward to that process.”

    Yeah, Rankin, we know. We know we have collectively hallucinated the events in NE and Lloyd is really hanging out in Ibiza.

  7. No evidence? If there really was no evidence the case would have been dismissed at the preliminary hearing. There seems to be plenty of evidence of AH at least being an accessory to murder. But first degree murder might be difficult without the gun and with the closest thing to an eye witness being a scum bag like Ortiz.

  8. Not enough for a conviction of first degree. No way, no how. It will be interesting to see what the DA goes for.

  9. It dont take until next summer to walk this peace of sh%t to the chair.
    Anybody with half a brain knows Aaron killed Lloyd right after Lloyd texted his sister to tell her who he was with. Now it will take all winter to give Lloyd’s sister Justice

  10. it doesn’t start until next summer? damn what am i supposed to do for entertainment this off season.

    oh well, when does the civil trial for shooting some guy in the face start?

    what’s that fairweathervikingsfan, peterson went all the way on the vikings very first play and at least so far the lions are still the lions? okay we’ll watch until the twins start at one.

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