Judge nixes texts sent by alleged Aaron Hernandez victim

The Boston herald has trial information about the ex-Patriot star tight end.

In a series of victories for Aaron Hernandez’s defense, a Fall River Superior Court judge this morning ruled the prosecution cannot introduce texts sent by a Dorchester semi-pro football player on the night of his murder — allegedly at the hands of the former Pats star.

In the last half-hour of his life, murder victim Odin L. Lloyd sent texts to his sister stating “Did you see who I’m with?” then “NFL” and finally “Just so you know,” according to prosecutors.

This morning, Judge E. Susan Garsh ruled the texts cannot be used at trial. She also ruled evidence from the murders of two Boston men — also allegedly by Hernandez — cannot be introduced, and she excluded the evidence related to the shooting of Hernandez associate Alexander Bradley.

The final texts were sent from Lloyd’s cell phone as a surveillance camera captured him making a car trip around 3:23 a.m. on June 17 down a gravel road to a deserted spot in an industrial park where the 27-year-old was later found shot to dead, less than a mile from Hernandez’s home where the 27-year-old was later found shot dead, prosecutors say.

The judge also excluded a photo posted by TMZ that depicts Hernandez holding a gun.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder and five gun-related charges. He is being held without bail.

The trial is scheduled to start Jan. 5. Patriots coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft are listed as possible witnesses.

Two other men, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, also are facing murder charges, and Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, has been charged with perjury.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court for the 2012 murders of Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28.

De Abreu and Furtado, Cape Verdean immigrants who worked as cleaners, had left Cure Lounge on Tremont Street in the early morning of July 16, 2012, and were in a BMW sedan at Herald Street and Shawmut Avenue when prosecutors say a Toyota 4Runner SUV pulled up beside them and Hernandez opened fire with a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber pistol from the driver’s side.

De Abreu, the driver of the BMW, was shot multiple times, including in the chest, and Furtado, in the passenger seat, was struck in the head. Their families have filed a wrongful-death suit against Hernandez.

The double-slaying was spurred by a spilled drink at the nightclub, according to prosecutors.

 

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