Jurors in Aaron Hernandez Case Allowed to Watch Super Bowl but Must Leave Room if name is Mentioned
The 18 jury members from New England for the Aaron Hernandez murder trial are allowed to watch the Super Bowl. However the overseeing judge has stated if Hernandez’ name is mentioned, they are to leave the room.
Hernandez, who caught the Patriots’ last touchdown in the 2012 Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants is on trial charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd in June of 2013. Lloyd at the time was dating Hernandez’ fiancee’s sister. Susan Garsh, the judge of the Bristol County Superior Court stated these words to the jurors after they closed their second day of testimony regarding Hernandez.
You hear that word, you’ve got to walk out of the room. Distance yourself.
Upon being selected to this high-profile case, the jurors were told by the judge they are not allowed to discuss the case with anyone. Additionally, they’re not even supposed to tell their employers or families they are sitting on the jury for the Hernandez case. Prior to the selection, the jurors were asked if they are Patriots’ fans, but that didn’t mean that they got instantly were disqualified from being selected.
Hernandez was under a $40 million contract with the New England Patriots at the time he was arrested in 2013.