Update: Aaron Hernandez, who once enjoyed a $40 million pro-football contract, has been found guilty of first degree murder. Hernandez looked on impassively as the charges against him were read in court on Wednesday.
He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his friend, Odin Lloyd. It’s been speculated the killing may have been the result of Lloyd knowing too much about two previous 2012 murders in which Hernandez remains a suspect.
Hernandez was also found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. It took the jury six days to reach their unanimous verdict.
Five days in and the jury in the murder trial of former NFL player, Aaron Hernandez, is still without a verdict.
Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is on trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
Lloyd, who was a semi-professional football player, was shot to death in June of 2013 at an industrial park near the home of the accused.
Hernandez, who maintains his innocence in the first-degree murder trial, could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. If convicted of second-degree murder, Hernandez could be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.
The trial, which has taken place at Bristol Country Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, is the first of two trials Hernandez will face this year.
After the current jury decides on a verdict for the fatal shooting of Lloyd, Hernandez will face another trail in Boston on charges of the 2012 fatal shooting two Cape Verdean men outside a nightclub.