Aaron Hernandez, former tight end for the New England Patriots, has been convicted of first degree murder by a state court jury in Massachusetts. He has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Hernandez was convicted of killing Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old acquaintance of Hernandez who was an amateur football player.
Hernandez’s lawyer acknowledged that Hernandez was at the scene of the shooting. However, the defense maintains that Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, who were with Hernandez, were responsible for the shooting. Wallace and Ortiz are facing separate trials for first degree murder. Hernandez’s attorney says that the conviction will be appealed.
This is not the end of Hernandez’s legal troubles, however. He still faces two first degree murder charges in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He is accused of killing two men in 2012 after one of them bumped into him at a night club in Boston. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. A date for trial has not been set.
This news update by Scott Drake is a service of the Legal Broadcast Network, a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.