Hernandez prosecutors appeal decision about possible murder weapon

Prosecutors say this surveillance video shows Aaron Hernandez holding a .45-caliber handgun, the day Odin Lloyd was murdered.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) – Prosecutors in the Aaron Hernandez trial have appealed a decision by the judge in the case, who ruled against allowing the defendant’s friend to testify that Hernandez had a gun similar to the one used to kill Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez is on trial for the June 17, 2013, homicide of Lloyd, whose body was found in an industrial park with wounds from five .45 caliber gunshots. The murder weapon has not been found.

On February 18, without the jury in the courtroom, Hernandez’s friend Robert Paradis testified about conversations he had with Hernandez in California regarding a Glock .45-caliber handgun, about a month and a half before the murder. Paradis told the court Hernandez picked him up at an airport in Los Angeles and mentioned he had a weapon.

“A .45,” Paradis answered when asked by prosecutors if Hernandez made reference to a particular caliber.

But the defense argued there was no way to put that gun in Aaron Hernandez’s hand on the morning Lloyd was murdered,

“There’s absolutely no evidence of whether or not any firearm that may have been in California could have been transported back to Massachusetts to be the murder weapon,” defense attorney Michael Fee stated during the February hearing.

Prosecutors are appealing a ruling by Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh.
Prosecutors are appealing a ruling by Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh.

The prosecutions’ motion also argued Paradis’ testimony would counter defense claims about surveillance video from Hernandez’s home that shows the former player holding what an expert witness testified was a Glock .45-caliber handgun. Hernandez’ defense team tried to poke holes in that testimony, arguing that the item in Hernandez’s hand was a television remote control. The video was recorded minutes after the Lloyd murder.

Hernandez is also charged with a 2012 double murder in Boston for allegedly killing two men in an apparent drive-by shooting. Two Rhode Island men are eyewitnesses to that shooting according to court documents. That trial is scheduled to start later this year.

In addition, Hernandez is being sued by Alexander Bradley who claims Hernandez shot him in Florida in 2013, only weeks after the Patriots’ football season ended and a few months before the Lloyd murder. Hernandez was never charged with the Florida shooting. Court documents indicate Bradley was with Hernandez during the 2012 double murder.

Send tips to Target 12 Investigator Walt Buteau at wbuteau@wpri.com and follow him on Twitter @wbuteau

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