Closing arguments begin in Hernandez murder trial

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — It has been nearly 10 weeks since opening statements were given in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial. Now, closing arguments will be at the forefront Tuesday, wrapping up everything the jurors have learned in testimony throughout the trial.

The prosecution and defense will have 90 minutes to persuade the jurors into reaching their respective verdicts.

Jury deliberations could begin as early as Tuesday. Once that final phase begins, jurors will deliberate until 4:30 p.m. each day until a verdict is reached.

The defense rested Monday, only calling three witnesses to the stand compared to the prosecution’s 131 witnesses over the course of more than two months.

Dr. David Greenblatt testified, giving his expert opinion on how PCP can cause psychosis. Things often got chippy between the prosecution and the witness.

Hernandez’s defense tried to prove that co-defendants, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, were high leading up to Odin Lloyd’s death. However, Dr. Greenblatt said he could not speculate alone from surveillance video if the men were in fact intoxicated.

Jennifer Smith of Cellmark Forensics also testified that although Hernandez’s DNA was clearly on a shell casing, there was also other DNA on it as well.

The defense tried to prove that Hernandez’s DNA was only on the shell casing because it was transferred from the blue bubble gum.

“If it was in fact gum, again, it is very adhesive, very sticky. It’s possible anything else that the gum came into contact with could have picked up DNA from that type of object or surface,” said Jennifer Smith.

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