A Family Divided: Odin Lloyd girlfriend Shaneah Jenkins, who is the sister of Hernandez's fiancée Shayanna, reacted
to the verdict, by burying her face in her hands.
As his mother Terri, and his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins,
cried and gasped when the verdict was heard, heard Hernandez, mouthed to them: "Be strong.
With a $40 million contract and a wonderful career ahead of him, one would think that certain lifestyle would be avoided, but that wasn't the case for Aaron Hernandez. The former New England Patriots star was involve in a deadly late-night shooting, which led to the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee at the time of his murder. After 36 hours of deliberation and seven days, the jury rendered their verdict today. Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, without parole, Wednesday. He was found guilty on both weapons charges as well.
Overcome By Emotions: Hernandez's mother, Terri, (left) and his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, (left) broke down crying while Hernandez had the look of acceptance. Odin Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, (bottom right image) also broke down as the guilty verdict was read.
The night on June 17, 2013, at a deserted industrial park, near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough Lloyd (Image above), was shot six times. Police found the key to a car rented by Hernandez in Lloyd's pocket. Home security video also showed that Lloyd was with Hernandez. Hernandez's lawyer, James Sultan, acknowledged for the first time during closing arguments that Hernandez was there when Lloyd was killed. His attorneys, however pinned the shooting on two of Hernandez's friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, saying his client was a "23-year-old kid" who witnessed a shocking crime and didn't know what to do. Wallace and Ortiz will stand trial later. "Prosecutors have suggested Lloyd may have been killed because he knew too much about Hernandez's alleged involvement in a deadly 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston. But they were not allowed to tell the jury that because the judge said it was speculation." A concrete motive was never offered, instead they said that, "Hernandez appeared angry with Lloyd at a nightclub two nights before the killing."
Hernandez a former Pro Bowl athlete, was cut from the New England Patriots, moments after his arrest was announced.
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