Defense Admits Aaron Hernandez Present at Murder

Aaron Hernandez
The Associated Press

A defense attorney conceded in the closing arguments of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial that his client witnessed Odin Lloyd’s murder.

“Did he make all the right decisions?” James Sultan asked in his closing arguments. “No. He was a 23-year-old kid who witnessed a shocking killing, committed by someone he knew. He didn’t know what to do, so he just put one foot in front of the other.”

The state of Massachusetts accuses the former New England Patriots tight end, along with alleged conspirators Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, of murdering Lloyd. The prosecution presented the jury video of Hernandez holding a Glock immediately after the murder, testimony from Hernandez’s fiancee that she dumped a heavy box at her beau’s request, and evidence tying Hernandez’s DNA to a marijuana joint and a piece of gum found at the murder scene.

Hernandez also faces two more murder charges based on allegations that he gunned down two immigrant club goers in a drive-by for perceived disrespect within a late-night establishment.

The defense attorney told the jury in his closing arguments that the prosecution presented no clear motive for Hernandez killing his friend: “Does the prosecution expect you to fill in that gaping hole in its case with guesswork, speculation?”