Prosecution rests in Hernandez murder trial

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — After weeks of testimony, the prosecution has rested its case in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez.

The state wrapped up its case Thursday after hearing testimony from Medical Examiner Dr. William Zane on the death of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez is charged with murdering Lloyd, who was found shot to death in North Attleboro back in June of 2013.

Zane testified that Lloyd suffered six gunshot wounds: two to the chest, one to the abdomen, one to the back, one to the forearm, and one to the collarbone. He described in detail the path the bullets traveled through his body.

“There was an entrance in the chest cavity through the sixth rib internally on the left side,” said Dr. Zane. “It went through the upper lobe of the left lung, and then it went through the covering of the heart, or the pericardium. It grazed the back of the heart on the right ventricle, then exited the pericardial cavity and went through the diaphragm and went through the left side of the liver, and it went through soft tissue or went into bone right at the twelfth rib.”

Before Dr. Zane took the stand, Lloyd’s mother left the courtroom.

Prosecution witness Alexander Bradley describes a gun he saw with former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez on a trip to Florida as Bradley testifies during Hernandez's murder trial, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013.  (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Alexander Bradley on the stand (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said she will hear motions on Friday without jurors present, and that she expects the case to go to jury sometime next week. Once that happens, jurors will be deliberate until 4:30 p.m. each day, unless they advise the court they want to stay longer.

On Wednesday, the jury heard from Hernandez’s former close friend, Alexander Bradley.

Bradley is the same man who alleges in a Florida lawsuit, that he lost his right eye when Hernandez shot him during an argument in Florida two years ago.

He testified about guns and drugs he saw in a safe at Hernandez’s home.

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