Defense rests in Aaron Hernandez's double-murder trial

The former tight end was a fourth-round pick in 2010 who played for the Patriots for three seasons, and he signed a five-year contract extension a month after the double murder.

"There's no spilled drink on him", he said, displaying a picture that Hernandez took with a fan at the club before the murders. Hernandez is on tri. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez looks back during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Lawyers for Hernandez called their final witnesses without having the ex-New England Patriot testify in his own defense.

During the month of testimony, prosecutors and defense lawyers called dozens of witnesses, with the prosecution's star being Bradley, who contended Hernandez had grown furious with the two men in the club.

"Alexander Bradley was a three-legged pony and they were going to ride him to the finish line no matter what he said. what lies he told", Baez said.

Baez said the other witnesses who encountered Hernandez on the night of the alleged murders painted a much different picture of him, saying he was friendly, and not enraged. The state's highest court will automatically review his first-degree murder conviction in that case at a later date.

The jury began deliberations Thursday afternoon. It's found in a house of a relative he (Hernandez) trusts more than anybody, " Suffolk First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Haggan said, via The Boston Globe.

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence in another murder case.

Bradley testified for prosecutors under an immunity agreement and said he saw Hernandez shoot the men.

"You have absolute proof that Bradley's lying", Baez told the jury. Bradley was the government's star witness.

During closing arguments Thursday, attorney Jose Baez told jurors that prosecutors made a "deal with the devil" when they agreed to give immunity to Hernandez's former friend, Alexander Bradley. Baez said Bradley got the "deal of a lifetime" for claiming that Hernandez shot two men after one of them accidentally bumped into Hernandez at a Boston nightclub and spilled his drink.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court. After his arrest in that case, which ended the tight end's career with the New England Patriots, Boston prosecutors charged him with carrying out a fatal drive-by in the city's South End. Later, Hernandez saw de Abreu and Furtado leaving the club and followed their auto to a stoplight and allegedly fired at least five shots into the vehicle.

Bradley and Hernandez later drove off and prosecutors contend that Hernandez shot the men through an open vehicle window when they caught up with them.

Hernandez already is serving life in prison for the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

  • Larry Hoffman