Hernandez lawyers appealing guilty verdict; cite jury’s “guesswork”

Say "no reasonable jury" could have found him guilty

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez talks with his attorney Charles Rankin during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., on Friday, April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/CJ Gunther, Pool)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have filed an appeal of his murder conviction, saying it was based on “improper speculation, conjecture and guesswork.”

The appeal filed this week in Bristol Superior Court says “no reasonable jury” could have found Hernandez guilty of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013 and cites insufficient evidence for a conviction.

Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder and sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison without parole. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins.

Under Massachusetts law, all first-degree murder convictions are automatically appealed.

Jenkins was in court Friday for a hearing on a perjury charge, which a judge has dismissed.

Hernandez is awaiting trial in the killings of two Boston men in 2012.


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