Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez was back in court yesterday in a pretrial hearing, this time as his attorneys argued that Hernandez’s tattoos and texts to his sports agent shouldn’t be used as evidence in his double homicide trial.
Prosecutors are accusing the former New England Patriots tight end of killing Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28, in a 2012 drive-by shooting. Hernandez previously pleaded not guilty.
Soon after their deaths, Hernandez got two tattoos—one that says “God Forgives” and one of a gun with five bullets in the chamber, which prosecutors say represents the five shots Hernandez allegedly fired at the victims. The defense says that this interpretation is only speculation.
Defense attorneys also tried to bar texts that Hernandez sent to the sports agent Brian Murphy, which prosecutors claim connect Hernandez to the double-homicide. These texts are protected by attorney-client privilege, the defense said, while prosecutors claimed Murphy wasn’t Hernandez’s lawyer at the time of the text messages.
Judge Jeffrey Locke hasn’t yet ruled on the status of this evidence.
Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence in prison for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, a former acquaintance of his.