Aaron Hernandez Texted Victim; Maid Says He Messed with Surveillance

Aaron Hernandez murder trial gets off to bumpy start

The prosecution in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial showed text messages showing the defendant seeking to meet with his alleged victim on the night of his murder and questioned a maid who claims she saw the former New England Patriot manipulate his surveillance system after the killing.

Hernandez is being tried for the murder of Odin Lloyd who was found dead on June 17, 2013.

In their effort to prove that Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, had assisted the player to hide the murder weapon, prosecutors brought Hernandez’s housekeeper to the stand to testify that she observed the player handling the surveillance camera in his basement on the day after the murder.

Prosecutors report that the video feed for the surveillance system is missing for the basement where they claim that the murder weapon was located. The video camera was later found to have been disconnected.

“Court documents,” Fox Sports reported, “show that on that day Jenkins headed to the home’s basement with a black trash bag and later emerged with it loaded with, among other things, an object that was rigid and consistent to a lock box or safe.”

Prosecutors have alleged that the gun was in the trash bag.

The jury also saw surveillance video from a neighbor’s home showing a rented Nissan Altima pulling up in front of Lloyd’s home. Prosecutors say that Hernandez was driving the vehicle. The video shows Lloyd climbing into the backseat.

In other testimony, a state police trooper who specializes in fingerprint analysis testified that Hernandez’s fingerprints were found inside the Nissan Altima.

The finger prints of Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, both accused of assisting Hernandez in the murder, were also found in the car, the expert told the court.

The jury also heard that Hernandez had sent text messages saying that he wanted to meet with Lloyd hours before the man’s death.

“I’m coming to grab that tonight u gon b around I need dat and we could step for a little again,” Hernandez wrote in one text.

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