First Hernandez murder trial could start Tuesday

AP

With jury selection nearly complete, the first murder trial against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez could begin as soon as Tuesday, with opening statements.

Via the Associated Press, Judge E. Susan Garsh has cleared a pool of 53 potential jurors.  The judge individually questioned the jurors in search of potential bias, a hardship that would prevent them from serving on a lengthy trial, or any other valid reason to be excused.

The lawyers for the prosecution and for Hernandez will be permitted to eliminate 18 potential jurors each from the panel.  The goal will be to have 18 jurors (12 main jurors and six alternates) in place for Tuesday.

If my math is correct (and it rarely is), Judge Garsh will need to clear one more juror to allow 36 to be stricken by the parties.  With only 53, striking 36 would leave 17.

Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013.  Hernandez faces two other murder charges from an incident in July 2012.

41 responses to “First Hernandez murder trial could start Tuesday

  1. donmcg2012 says:
    Going to be a circus when Belichick is on the witness stand.
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    Why would he be?

    Bill Belichick had nothing to do with the murder of Odon Lloyd in any way, shape, or form.

    He witnessed nothing, he wasn’t an alibi for Hernandez, he has as much to do with this case as YOU do, and you’re not a “witness”, are you?

  2. |Suppose the lawyers demand that Belicheck attend the trial full time starting Tuesday? It is not unprecedented that witnesses be required to be available in the courthouse for the duration of the trial. That would be the equivalent of a suspension for the super bowl with no action by the NFL.
    Just a point to ponder.

  3. You certainly can’t blame the New England Patriots for the Hernandez situation, but you must admit, that the idea of being above the rules, is not unfamiliar too that culture.

    They’re smarter than you, better than you and how dare you accuse the Pats of anything.

  4. lemmetalkwouldya says:
    Jan 24, 2015 9:30 AM
    donmcg2012 says:
    Going to be a circus when Belichick is on the witness stand.
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    Why would he be?

    Bill Belichick had nothing to do with the murder of Odon Lloyd in any way, shape, or form.

    He witnessed nothing, he wasn’t an alibi for Hernandez, he has as much to do with this case as YOU do, and you’re not a “witness”, are you?

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    This case will have all types of witness to gardner an idea of who Hernandez is? and not just did he do it. Having your former employer testify about what kind of person you were/are is very relevant.

  5. I’m loving deflate gate for one reason:
    To damn funny
    I knew the colts were gonna lose but seeing everyone go at it hilarious.
    I’m just waiting for the NFL investigation to be complete though.

  6. This organization… If not for the cash cow that the is the NFL.. Would be putting chains on the doors locking employees out…And running for cover..

  7. He’s obviously innocent because he was a Patriot and they are all perfect form what I am told.

    Hilarious the idiot who implied Belichick will be called as a witness. So now Bill is responsible for what players do in their personal lives? There isn’t another coach in history where idiot fans would act as though they are somehow part of a player killing someone else. Is Brady going to be called as a witness? Gronk? Solder?

  8. How is this guy going to afford defenses in two separate and basically consecutive murder trials? Money goes FAST in situations like this — REAL FAST.

    And once the money dries up, the defense attorneys who are so passionately behind their client now in their “quest for ‘justice’,” — will bail on Hernandez faster than the bullet went through Odin Lloyd’s skull in that gravel pit when he was killed execution style.

  9. fatsolio says:
    Jan 24, 2015 10:02 AM
    He’s obviously innocent because he was a Patriot and they are all perfect form what I am told.

    Hilarious the idiot who implied Belichick will be called as a witness. So now Bill is responsible for what players do in their personal lives? There isn’t another coach in history where idiot fans would act as though they are somehow part of a player killing someone else. Is Brady going to be called as a witness? Gronk? Solder?

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    As a matter of fact all of those could be called to testify. Not about the murder itself but about Hernandez. But I am guessing the Hernandez does not want that because they are big bunch of cheaters and would lack being creditable on the stand.

  10. the patriots released him the day he was charged. he is not a patriot and they even took a financial hit by doing so. They could have had the NFL suspend him then hey would not have had to pay his contract, but they just cut ties immediately. Can you say the same for any other organization; The Ravens with Ray ( what white suit) Lewis or Terrell suggs and ray rice (the wife beater brothers).
    The panthers and their wife beater or the 49ers. How about the model rooney franchise the steelers witn their QB Rothlessthan burger, what really happened in that club bathroom ben whilk your bodygaurds kept everyone out?

  11. Going to be a circus when Belichick is on the witness stand.
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    Why would he be?
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    Ever hear of character witnesses?

  12. the patriots released him the day he was charged. he is not a patriot and they even took a financial hit by doing so. They could have had the NFL suspend him then hey would not have had to pay his contract, but they just cut ties immediately. Can you say the same for any other organization; The Ravens with Ray ( what white suit) Lewis or Terrell suggs and ray rice (the wife beater brothers).
    The panthers and their wife beater or the 49ers. How about the model rooney franchise the steelers witn their QB Rothlessthan burger, what really happened in that club bathroom ben whilk your bodygaurds kept everyone out?
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    Patriots fans say this and it is so dumb.

    Yes the Patriots released hernandez.

    Do you really think that the Patriots had a choice in keeping him? LOL

    So you think hernandez was going to play if the Patriots didn’t release him?

    So dumb.

    Patriots fans act like the Patriots organization cut hernandez like they had a choice in the matter LOL.

  13. proudchowdahead13
    Jan 24, 2015, 9:51 AM EST
    I live in Fall River
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    OUFF. Sorry to hear that.

  14. Character witness for a murder trial? That’s not how it works genius. “Duh he always showed up for practice on time, and never shot me when I yelled at him”

  15. lemmetalkwouldya says:
    Jan 24, 2015 9:30 AM

    Bill Belichick had nothing to do with the murder of Odon Lloyd in any way, shape, or form.

    He witnessed nothing, he wasn’t an alibi for Hernandez, he has as much to do with this case as YOU do, and you’re not a “witness”, are you?

    Guess you missed the article saying Belichick and several other players are on the prosecution witness list. Before you say others are wrong find the facts.

  16. I think Hernandez also might be planning to eliminate some jurors. Except that in his case it might be a little more literal, you know …

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