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On Monday, Aaron Hernandez's attorneys have challenged the evidence that was presented in one of the murder cases against the former New England Patriot.
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On Monday, Aaron Hernandez's attorneys have challenged the evidence that was presented in one of the murder cases against the former New England Patriot. The attorneys are disputing that the prosecutors did not create probable cause in the pre trial hearing for the death of Odin Lloyd. The prosecutors are claiming they have significant evidence against Hernandez, and that Lloyd's slaying has followed a ensuring pattern of violence at the nightclub.
After the Monday court hearing, Hernandez pleaded not guilty in reference to the inmate that was handcuffed, whom he was said to of attacked. He also pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill a guard and his family while in county jail in Dartmouth. Hernandez faces the charges of the death of Lloyd and also the case in where he is accused of gunning down two men in Boston while in a SUV back in 2012 where he is pleading not guilty to both cases. He is being held currently without bail.
While his attorneys fought over the evidence in the Lloyd case, the former New England Patriot sat at the table quite casually. Defense attorney James Sultan said the prosecution has enough to prove Hernandez was with Lloyd the night he was killed, but he argued that does not make Hernandez culpable."You can't throw a bunch of stuff at the wall. That's not probable cause," Sultan said.
Prosecutors said their evidence includes a abundance of phone calls and text messages with those involved and the fact that Lloyd's body was found about 1,000 yards from Hernandez's home. Prosecutor William McCauley also said the state's investigation into incidents in Boston, Providence and Florida show a "common pattern" of accusations of violence against Hernandez following disputes at nightclubs.
An associate of Hernandez, Alexander Bradley, has filed a lawsuit saying that Hernandez shot him in the face in Florida after they argued at a strip club. A trial date of Oct. 6 has been set in the Lloyd murder case. The judge did not immediately rule on the motion to dismiss the murder charge.