Robert Kraft Takes Stand in Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial

Robert Kraft, New England Patriots, Aaron Hernandez, Odin Lloyd

Robert Kraft Takes Stand in Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial

Patriots owner says ex-tight end told him he was innocent.

Published March 31, 2015

Aaron Hernandez had to sit and watch his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, take the stand in his murder trial on Friday and Monday.

On Tuesday morning, the ex-NFL star had to watch his former boss, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, take the stand as well.

Spending a little more than 30 minutes on the stand, Kraft testified that Hernandez told him he was innocent when asked about the June 17, 2013, murder of Odin Lloyd. Kraft said he seen Hernandez working out in a Patriots weight room on June 19, 2013, and pulled him into an office for a private talk.

"I understood there was an incident that had transpired, and I wanted to know whether he was involved, and if he was—any player that comes into our system, I consider part of our extended family, and I wanted to get him help," Kraft said in court, as reported by ESPN.

"What did he say?" prosecutor William McCauley asked.

"He said he was not involved," Kraft responded. "That he was innocent and that he hoped that the time of the murder incident came out because he said he was in a club."

Kraft added that following the short conversation, he would bump into Hernandez one more time at Gillette Stadium and that the former tight end "hugged and kissed me and thanked me for my concern."

As he was leaving the courtroom, Kraft told reporters that "it's very sad" and that "a man died."

Kraft's testimony came a day after Jenkins told jurors that Hernandez ordered her to get rid of a box in their home. Prosecutors believe that box contained the .45-caliber Glock used to kill Lloyd, who was dating Jenkins's sister Shaneah

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