Prosecutor to Hernandez jury: 'You know who the killer is'

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu, two immigrants from Cape Verde who crossed paths with Hernandez briefly on July 16, 2012.

Hernandez is serving a life sentence in another murder case.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is seated. He is serving a life prison term for that murder.

Defense attorney Jose Baez once again lived up to his reputation in closing arguments on Thursday with an empassioned plea to the jurors asking them to find his client not guilty. It's not clear what role Belichick may have played in the story Baez was trying to tell on behalf of Hernandez, who himself did not take the witness stand, but the lawyer chose to move on without the coach.

A lawyer for ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has told jurors that the prosecution's star witness is "a perjurer and a liar" who is the real killer of two men Hernandez is accused of gunning down over a spilled drink.

Baez said that story came from prosecution star witness Alexander Bradley, who took an immunity deal to testify for prosecution.

Baez, who gained fame when he won an acquittal for Casey Anthony in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, said Bradley's testimony was "riddled with lies", but prosecutors stuck with him as their star witness because they wanted to convict an National Football League player.

Hernandez is charged with witness intimidation for allegedly shooting Bradley in the face months after the killings in an attempt to silence him as a witness. After the photo, the two saw each other outside the club and Salvador thanked Hernandez for the photo. He said Hernandez became enraged after one of the men had accidentally bumped into Hernandez at a nightclub and spilled his drink.

"They're handing out immunity like it's candy on Halloween", said Baez.

She also said she didn't remember anything about the phone calls that Hernandez made to her on the night of the double murders, according to phone records.

"Much of the state's case relies on the testimony of Bradley, an admitted drug trafficker and gun dealer who now calls a CT prison home".

Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday. Hernandez was not called to testify in his own defense.

Hernandez had a $41 million contract when he was arrested in June 2013 and charged with murdering Odin Lloyd, an acquaintance.

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