A criminal court judge ruled on Friday prosecutors in the upcoming Aaron Hernandez murder case will not be able to tell jurors about additional murder charges he faces in connection with a 2012 double-slaying in downtown Boston.
The former New England Patriots tight end is scheduled to go on trial sometime early next year stemming from the June 2013 execution-styled killing of one-time associate Odin Lloyd. Prosecutors allege Hernandez may have shot Lloyd because of his knowledge about other violent crimes he is suspected of being involved in.
In rendering her ruling on Friday, Judge Susan Garsh concluded “that theory is clearly in the realm of speculation” and “does not comport with common sense.” According to ESPN, she later added “there was no demonstrated link between the two crimes.”
In addition, the judge also ruled text messages sent by Lloyd to his sister, including one sent just minutes before he was killed in an industrial park near Hernandez’s North Attleborough mansion, are inadmissible. Throughout the proceedings, prosecutors had maintained the messages spoke to Lloyd’s raised level of fear over being in Hernandez’s company.
Jury selection in the Lloyd trial is set to commence on Jan. 9. and Patriots coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft are reported to have been listed as potential witnesses by prosecutors.
In the Boston shooting, the 25-year-old Hernandez is accused of opening fire on Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as they waited at a red-light outside a downtown nightclub. Authorities have hinted Hernandez targeted the pair after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him inside the club and failed to apologize.
Hernandez has been held without bail since being taken into custody shortly after Lloyd’s body was discovered. Since being jailed, prosecutors have criminally charged him with attacking another prisoner while the man was handcuffed and threatening to have a guard and his family killed.[Photo Credit: PatriotWorld ]