Prosecution Rests Case in Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial

Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots

Prosecution Rests Case in Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial

Medical examiner, who performed Odin Lloyd's autopsy, was final witness.

Published April 2, 2015

After two months of testimony from 131 witnesses, the prosecution finally rested their case against Aaron Hernandez on Thursday in his murder trial over the death of Odin Lloyd. The former NFL star has pleaded not guilty throughout.

The prosecutors' final witness was Dr. William Zane, the medical examiner who handled Lloyd’s autopsy. Zane explained to jurors that Lloyd was shot five times with the second bullet piercing through his heart, according to He added that Lloyd, 26, had injuries to his lungs, liver and kidney. Jurors also saw the graphic autopsy photos with Zane marking all the entrance and exit wounds.

Zane marked the end of a powerful last few days of testimony, which included everyone from Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and former friend Alexander Bradley all taking the stand.

A majority of Lloyd's family was present in court Thursday. Lloyd was dating Jenkins's sister. Hernandez's defense attorneys maintain that they're likely to only need Monday to present their case. When the defense rests, each side will make a closing argument before a final jury of 12 will decide Hernandez's fate. 

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(Photo: AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

Written by BET-Staff


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