By Mary Whitfill, editor-in-chief
Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of Wednesday morning on a smattering of charges relating to the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Despite lacking a motive, eyewitness and weapon, the jury found Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder.
Hernandez, who had a $40 million contract with the Patriots at the time of the murder, was also convicted on gun charges. The jury deliberated for 34 hours.
In Massachusetts, a first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The two-month long testimony featured hundreds of witnesses – 132 called in by the prosecution alone. Though the burst into tears when the verdict was announced, Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins had testified with immunity for the prosecution.
Hernandez had pleaded not guilty.
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