Did a Shady ‘Untruthful Juror’ Help Send Aaron Hernandez to Jail?

Did a Shady ‘Untruthful Juror’ Help Send Aaron Hernandez to Jail?

The lawyer of the ex-NFL star alleges someone lied during jury selection.

Published June 16, 2015

Were all the jurors in the Aaron Hernandez murder case honest during jury selection?

Hernandez's lawyer James Sultan claims an anonymous tipster called him to alert him to some crooked happenings during the ex-NFL star's murder trial. On the day (April 15) the 12-person jury found the Hernandez guilty of the 2013 first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd, Sultan said he was tipped off to information that one juror may have been "untruthful" during jury selection, as reported by the Associated Press.

Court papers on Monday explained that Sultan told the judge the female tipster called several times from a blocked number and wouldn't reveal her last name. Sultan claims that one of those conversations lasted 25 minutes and that the female tipster recognized one juror from television and claimed the juror was also present during a separate Boston double murder case. That wasn't mentioned in the murder case about Lloyd.

"She told me she does not want [redacted] into trouble, but it is on her conscience that she knows some information which may be important," Sultan wrote in court papers Monday, as reported by the AP.

Sultan says had he known the juror was present for separate conversations about Hernandez, he would have asked for that juror to be excused for the Lloyd murder case. Sultan has asked the judge for subpoena to trace the origin and identity of the caller.

Hernandez was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Lloyd and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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