Judge OKs Tossing Some Evidence in Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial - NBC New York

Judge OKs Tossing Some Evidence in Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial

Bristol County, Mass. will suppress iPhone 5, iPads, iPad minis as evidence



    Judge Approves Tossing of Some Evidence in Aaron Hernandez Trial

    A judge has agreed to suppress evidence in the murder trial against former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014)

    A Massachusetts judge has allowed some evidence to be suppressed in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez, court documents show.

    The former star Patriots tight end had asked the court to suppress the evidence — an iPhone, a Blackberry, an iPad and two iPad minis — which was obtained when his home was searched last June after the killing of Odin Lloyd.

    Defense lawyers argued that that evidence was not part of the original search warrant and that a state trooper did not have the proper paperwork when he entered Hernandez's home.

    Tuesday, the Bristol County Superior Court granted that motion, allowing that evidence to be thrown out.

    Earlier this month, the court denied Hernandez's motion to exclude a digital video recorder, a hard drive and Hernandez's cell phone.

    The hard drive allegedly contains files showing Hernandez holding the murder weapon and his movements around the time of the murder. The phone, according to prosecutors, had text messages Hernandez sent to Lloyd, as well as the former NFL star's alleged right hand man, Ernest Wallace, on the night of the killing.

    Hernandez is charged with first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Lloyd. He is also charged with the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston in 2012.

    The Bristol County District Attorney's Office told NECN Tuesday afternoon that it cannot comment on the case, due to an ongoing gag order.

    NECN will have more as this story develops.