Judge: Victim texts in Hernandez case not allowed
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge won’t allow prosecutors in a murder case against ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez to tell a jury about the final text messages sent by the victim to his sister.
The judge ruled Friday in Bristol Superior Court.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
Prosecutors say Lloyd sent the messages while in a car with Hernandez and suggested they showed he had become fearful. One said “U saw who I’m with.”
Defense lawyers called the texts innocuous and inadmissible.
The two sides also are arguing over the admissibility of other evidence relating to prior “bad acts” by Hernandez.
Jury selection begins Jan. 5.
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