Analyst: Deliberation length does not indicate outcome

The jury box sits empty as jurors have the day off for a motion regarding jail phone recordings in the murder trial for former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Hernandez is accused in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/Dominick Reuter, Pool)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Jurors in the trial of Aaron Hernandez aren’t allowed to speculate on the case, but for everyone outside of the jury room – that’s all there is for the time being.

The panel of seven women and five men has so far deliberated for about 35 hours over the course of six days, but have not yet reached a verdict.

Hernandez is charged with the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in the early morning hours of June 17, 2013. The jury saw hundreds of pieces of evidence and hear testimony from dozens of witnesses since the trial got underway in late January.

According to former U.S. Attorney Robert Corrente, two of the most incriminating pieces of evidence are the surveillance video of Hernandez walking into his home with what the prosecution said was the murder weapon, and the shell casing with blue bubblegum stuck to it, which an expert witness testified had the former NFL player’s DNA on it.

Corrente also said the testimony from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft stands out from the more than 130 witnesses questioned during the trial. Kraft testified that Hernandez told him he didn’t kill Lloyd, and that he was at a club when the 3:30 a.m. shooting took place.

“When Hernandez made that comment, the police had not yet released the time of the shooting. It suggests that he knew something about what had gone on, and he didn’t want to tell the truth about it. It’s not a good sign,” Corrente explained.

Corrente is skeptical of any guesses about what the jury will decide based on what we know about the closed-door deliberations.

“A long deliberation by the jury tends to favor the defense, but there are a thousand exceptions to that too,” said Corrente. “It really is a fool’s errand to try to guess based on the duration of the deliberations of the jury.”

In his opinion, Corrente believes anyone who watched the case closely came away thinking Hernandez was not a likeable person, but only the jury knows whether or not that will play a role in the verdict.

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