FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A woman testified Thursday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez that he abruptly became aggressive and agitated at a club two nights before the killing.
Hernandez is on trial for the June 17, 2013, killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
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More Rumor Nightclub Testimony
Hernandez and Lloyd went to Rumor nightclub in Boston early on June 15. Prosecutors have said Hernandez left the club angry.
On questioning from Hernandez’s lawyer Michael Fee, she acknowledged that she wanted to pump up her own ego by talking to Hernandez and said after that night, she did not like him.
“I don’t like his arrogance,” she said.
Also Thursday, Hernandez lawyer James Sultan aggressively went after footprint evidence in the case, questioning how it was collected and matched with shoes Hernandez was shown on video wearing that night.
Sultan raised questions about how photos were taken of a footprint found near Lloyd’s body that Massachusetts State Police Lt. Steven Bennett testified matched the pattern of the kind of shoe Hernandez was wearing. Bennett also acknowledged that before he made the match, he knew a colleague wanted him to link the print with Hernandez.
The judge on Thursday received separate juror notes, one as the morning session began and a second after lunch. Court resumed both times after a brief pause to discuss the notes with lawyers and Hernandez. She privately questioned a juror after receiving the second note. The judge did not disclose the contents of either note.
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