FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez resumed Wednesday.
Multiple witnesses took the stand, including Lt. Steven Bennett from the Massachusetts State Police crime scene services.
He testified about footprints found at the scene on the crime. He compared the footprints with the Air Jordan Retro 11s prosecutors say Hernandez was wearing when he killed Odin Lloyd.
The lieutenant said there were several similarities.
“Second line in agreement, third line in agreement. Area on the right side of the left shoe — also in agreement,” Bennett said.
A pair of Retro 11s was photographed in Hernandez’s home but the shoes were not seized during initial searches. When investigators returned with another search warrant in November 2014, the shoes were gone.
On Tuesday, a Nike consultant testified there were about three million pairs of shoes manufactured with the same sole as the shoes Hernandez is believed to have been wearing.
Dozens of phone records were also discussed on Wednesday because the defense filed a motion asking the judge to exclude them from evidence.
While he was at the Bristol County House of Corrections, Hernandez talked with several people, including his cousin Tanya Singleton.
Hernandez told Singleton to “watch what you write,” and to get a prepaid phone with a 617 area code.
After Singleton was arrested, Hernandez asked fiancee Shayanna Jenkins to send Singleton’s family “a little bit of money to put on her canteen.”
Jenkins responds with “babe, I’m not going over there. I’m not going over there.”
During a different conversation, Hernandez asks Jenkins if his clothes are “still at the house.”
She responds “where do you think they are? Your clothes are exactly where they’re supposed to be.”
Phone calls between Hernandez and NFL player Michael Pouncy were also included. The two were teammates in college.