Opening statements next in murder trial of ex-Pat Hernandez

Jan 25, 2015 12:17 PM by News Staff

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Aaron Hernandez once seemed to be a man with a bright future. At age 23 he had a Super Bowl appearance under his belt and a $40 million contract as a tight end with the New England Patriots.

This week, prosecutors will paint a different picture: of a man they say orchestrated the shooting of Odin Lloyd in June 2013. Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's mansion in the Boston suburbs.

Hernandez's trial kicks off in earnest with opening statements this week. He has pleaded not guilty.

The case will be laid out in the courtroom just as Hernandez's old team prepares for Sunday's Super Bowl, the Patriots' first appearance in the game since 2012 - when Hernandez helped get them there.

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