Prosecutors Denied Access To Aaron Hernandez Jail Calls
By Allen Kim
Prosecutors in Bristol County are still building a murder case against former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez for his part in the slaying of Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. However, it’s going to be a bit more difficult for them to do so without the aid of some potentially damning evidence.
Bristol Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh has denied prosecutors access to recordings of phone calls made by Aaron Hernandez from jail, which could have revealed important information in the Hernandez murder case.
The request for a motion to obtain the recordings were not supported by a sworn affidavit. However, Garsh left open the possibility of the prosecutors returning with another request, provided they go through the proper motions.
The Bristol County sheriff’s office gave the prosecutors some access to the “contents of some of the defendant’s telephone conversations.” So the prosecutors have likely heard some things that they believe can be used in their case against Hernandez.
"Proof of the identity of the shooter is also not essential to proof that the defendant committed a murder,” Garsh said.
The prosecutors’ subpoena request for the recordings must display “reliable hearsay” that any information obtained from the recordings would be used to address “an issue relevant to the case.”
Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported that the "prosecution emphasized that it didn't have to decipher whether it was an individual or group act yet, just that Hernandez was a part of it."