Shaneah Jenkins, Odin Lloyd's girlfriend and sister of Aaron Hernandez's fiancée, testified Friday that Lloyd and the ex-NFL star were in the "beginning stages of a friendship" during the second day of Hernandez's murder trial, according to ABC News.
Jenkins's testimony already contradicts Hernandez's defense during the trial's opening statements Thursday, when they said that the former New England Patriots' tight end and Lloyd were good friends.
Jenkins did, however, say that Lloyd and Hernandez "would hang out and smoke" marijuana in Hernandez's basement. That would seemingly connect to prosecutors' opening statements of the two men's DNA being found on the same marijuana joint at Lloyd's murder scene.
Earlier in the day, Friday, North Attleboro Fire Department captain John White told jurors about discovering Lloyd's dead body on that June 17, 2013, day.
"This person was laying on their back, face up," White told the jury, as reported by ABC News. "He had no pulse. He was cold to the touch. He was very stiff. You couldn't move his jaw, couldn't move his arms."
White's chilling testimony along with graphic images of Lloyd's dead body triggered strong emotions in the courtroom with one member of Lloyd's family even having to walk out of the room, while others cried and needed tissues.
Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg maintained that Lloyd was shot six times, while Hernandez's defense attorney, Michael Fee, once again insisted that his client did not murder "his friend Odin Lloyd."
He also pleaded that jurors come to court with an open mind. Jurors will reportedly see Hernandez's home next week.
Meanwhile, Hernandez's former team, the Patriots, will face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday evening. Patriots safety Devin McCourty admitted to the Boston Globe on Thursday that he has thought about his ex-teammate Hernandez.
“I’m sure [Thursday] we will be [thinking of Hernandez], just because with the news of the trial starting,” McCourty said. “It’s kind of hard for you not to think about it, he was a former teammate of ours. But yeah, I think people think about it.”
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