VIDEO: Aaron Hernandez convicted of murder
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez murdered an acquaintance in an industrial park near his Massachusetts home, a jury determined on Wednesday, concluding the first of two murder trials he faces this year.
The jury found the 25-year-old guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, who had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee at the time. During the trial, the men were described as having been in the early stages of friendship, but Hernandez soured on Lloyd after the man hung out with people the former New England Patriots tight end disliked.
Hernandez, who had stood to hear the verdict, collapsed into his chair after the verdict was read, and court security officers handcuffed him. His mother and fiancee, who were in court, broke into tears.
The first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.