Everybody has the right to a fair trial, and every victim deserves justice. How will Aaron Hernandez’s defense lawyers, argue the main evidence against Hernandez as it stands now? Let’s take a deeper look into probable points in arguing reasonable doubt. If you were defending such a case, what would be your approach?
- Hernandez and Lloyd were texting the night of the killing and were seen together in the hours before his death
Defense: Aaron Hernandez was probably texting a lot of people that night and although they were seen together, that does not mean Hernandez killed him. Unless there is an eye-witness to the killing, this is hearsay
- Odin Lloyd text his sister after Hernandez had picked him up, informing her of who he was with saying; “NFL” and “Just so you know”
Defense: No basis or content to these texts (at least from what the public knows), Whose to say that Lloyd was not sending texts to his sister in order to brag or show off his affiliation with a professional star NFL player? Sources claim this is probable. There is also a lot of confusing surrounding the time of texts and the time of death. They may just be omitted from the trial.
- Hernandez rented a vehicle in his name shortly before the killing, and upon returning it, a .45 caliber shell casing was found under the seat. The same caliber used in Lloyd’s death
Defense: Question whether this vehicle being used by Odin in Hernandez’s name?
- Hernandez was caught on his own security camera with a gun, in his home, in what time stamps appear to show is after the shooting. Associates, Wallace and Ortiz are also present
Defense: Herandnez was in his own home. The killing did not take place in his home. The gun he is allegedly holding is perfectly acceptable as he is allowed to carry whatever he wants on his own property and it wouldn’t be suspicious.
One thing I find concerning and disreputable coming from the investigation and prosecutors is the somehow link between Odin Lloyd and the 2012 double homicide in Boston of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Now, the media is reporting on details released of warrants on that double homicide and the investigation into Hernandez’s role in it. While the information from the warrants is really to spark further investigation, they are lending some pretty serious allegations regarding Lloyd’s knowledge in the 2012 homicides. Prosecutors now claim that Lloyd knew and was speaking about these murders to other associates, and ultimately geared Hernandez’s motive to murder him, ultimately taking Lloyd’s life. First of all, this is all more information being reported that isn’t even complete. Since when does the general public ever get to see warrants and investigation details strewn out for everyone to see, when no charges have even been made? This is just another reason why a gag order is in fact, in order, as a jury could possibly tainted. Also, unless there is concrete evidence proving these details, the prosecution should refrain from releasing this information. It seems to be a poor attempt to connect Hernandez to both cases with no actual current evidence tying the two together, just speculation.
While other pieces of the Hernandez evidence appear harder to explain and argue, make no mistake there is a strong defense case. As a member of the public I become partial to the media reports, which are largely negative and inaccurate. I do not have an inside look at the evidence it is harder to argue certain parts of the case as of now. However, I am looking forward to the pretrial so we can uncover all the inconsistencies and inaccuracies made by the state, as so often happens. One thing is for sure, there is no doubt, that this is definitely an interesting case, and the professional athlete element surely adds a dramatic dynamic. Stay tuned!