Did Aaron Hernandez’s body language affect the jury?

The jury found Hernandez guilty; he was sentenced to life

FILE - In this panel of 2015 file photos, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits in court during his murder trial in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez still flashes swagger and a smile during his trial. For the most part, he has appeared to pay close attention to what happened in the courtroom, even when it was dry and technical. On days when his relatives attend, Hernandez turns on the charm. (AP Photo/Pool, File)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WWLP) – Aaron Hernandez, his face barely registering any reaction after hearing the verdict. Jury: “Guilty of murder in the first degree.”

A totally different side of him could be seen at trial when cameras weren’t allowed to roll and jurors were not present. But that same behavior was caught on tape during pretrial hearings.

Hernandez showing a swaggering entrance, flashing a trademark Hollywood smile. Often mouthing “I love you” to his fiancée, or joking with his lawyers. Even when police first arrested him, he appeared confident, if not defiant.

During testimony, he followed every bit of evidence. He showed no reaction as he looked at the bloody bullet holes in the shirt worn by his victim, Odin Lloyd. He showed no emotion when he saw graphic crime scene photos of Lloyd.

Ursela Ward, Odin Lloyd’s mother, said, “I forgive the hands of the people that had a hand in my son’s murder.” When the victim’s mom said she forgives her son’s killers, Hernandez does not react.

He reacts just a couple of times; once when the defense plays awkward “dirty dancing” video of the New England Patriot at a nightclub getting close with someone who wasn’t his fiancée. Hernandez rubs his chin and, during other testimony, rocks in his chair. And then, at the end, he’s seen licking his lips and rubbing his chin when he learns he’ll be spending the rest of his life behind bars. Even mouthing the words, “they’re wrong.”

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