Mom, girlfriend of Hernandez’s alleged victim set to testify
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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Testimony in the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez is set to resume with the girlfriend and mother of the man Hernandez allegedly killed taking the stand.
Proceedings began last week but were suspended Monday when another snowstorm hit.
The former New England Patriots standout is accused of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancée’s sister. On Friday, Lloyd’s girlfriend, Shaneah Jenkins, testified that Lloyd and Hernandez were cordial but not close. She is expected to be back on the stand Tuesday.
Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, also is expected to testify. She was overcome with emotion and had to leave the courtroom twice last week when a prosecutor showed graphic photos of her 27-year-old son’s body.
The trial resumes as Patriots fans celebrate the team’s fourth Super Bowl victory. Hernandez, 25, had a $40 million contract with the Patriots when he was arrested.
Lloyd’s body was found riddled with bullets in an industrial park near Hernandez’s North Attleborough home, not far from Gillette Stadium.
In a separate murder case that has yet to go to trial, Hernandez was charged last year in Boston with killing two men in 2012 after someone spilled a drink on him at a nightclub. The judge has ruled that prosecutors in the Lloyd case cannot tell the jury about those slayings.
Hernandez faces life imprisonment if convicted of murdering Lloyd, a semipro football player.
MICHELLE R. SMITH
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