Hernandez’s lawyers appeal murder conviction

In-Depth Coverage: Aaron Hernandez (Dominick Reuter/Pool Photo via AP)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Aaron Hernandez’s legal team has officially appealed the former NFL player’s first-degree murder conviction.

In court filings obtained by Eyewitness News, Hernandez’s lawyers argued “no rational jury” could have found him guilty of maliciously killing Odin Lloyd back in June of 2013.

Hernandez last month was convicted of shooting Lloyd to death in a North Attleboro industrial park and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The lawyers claim jurors reached the verdict through “conjecture and guesswork.”

Hernandez has begun serving his life sentence, and still faces murder charges for the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012.

On Monday, a grand jury also indicted Hernandez on a witness intimidation charge for allegedly shooting a witness to the double murder in the face and leaving him to die.

Massachusetts prosecutors also asked a judge Thursday to drop the perjury charge against Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, as part of an immunity deal in the case.

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