FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Prosecutors for the second time this week asked the judge to allow evidence from a separate case to be presented to the jury in the trial of Aaron Hernandez.
Four months before Odin Lloyd was shot to death, prosecutors said Hernandez was involved in the February 2013 shooting of Alexander Bradley in Florida.
Earlier this week, prosecutors filed a motion asking the judge to reconsider her prior ruling in December banning the Bradley testimony.
“We just think it’s fair, as a matter of fundamental fairness that we would be able to put in that evidence to rebut the suggestion that essentially he does have no motive when in fact such evidence does exist,” prosecutor William McCauley said on Wednesday.
Hernandez’s defense team argued that the evidence does not pertain to the current case.
“The fact that we say he has no motive, the fact that we say he and Lloyd are friends — which I think we have and will continue to prove during the course of the trial — that’s part of our defense,” said defense attorney James Sultan. “That’s a completely appropriate defense that relates to Odin Lloyd. It doesn’t related to anybody else or his relationship with anybody else.”
Judge Susan Garsh sided with the defense once again, refusing to allow the evidence in her courtroom.
“The defendant has done nothing to date that reasonably can be viewed as opening the door to allow the evidence,” she said.
Meanwhile, testimony continued Wednesday with Massachusetts State Trooper David Mackin, who previously took the stand on Tuesday.
The Massachusetts state trooper testified Wednesday, that he separated blue bubble gum from a shell casing found in the dumpster of an Enterprise rental service in which Hernandez rented a car.
Trooper Mackin also said in court Tuesday, that he processed fingerprints found inside the rented Nissan Altima. He found both Hernandez and Odin Lloyd’s fingerprints inside of the vehicle. Prosecutors believe the rental car was used to drive Lloyd to where he was killed.
Another set of prints were also discovered in the Suburban belonging to Darrell Hodge, a friend of Lloyd. Hodge was believed to be present when Lloyd received a text message from Hernandez to meet up.
Sherri Menendez, from the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab, also testified, said that she analyzed and swabbed shell casings, a firearm, and a white towel from the scene for DNA evidence.
“I collected any trace present on the towel. Hairs and fibers. I found debris, black apparent string, two hairs,” she said.
She testified that there was no rust on the .22 caliber gun that was recovered from the woods.
Menendez said she also tested Lloyd’s clothing for gunshot residue, which would help investigators determine the range Lloyd was shot from.
Other evidence, such as fingerprints, tire tracks and treads, and fibers were also shown to the jury.