Defense in ex-NFL star’s murder trial claims new evidence

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Judge Jeffrey Locke looks at lead defense attorney Jose Baez during cross examination of a Boston Police Department detective during the double murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez at Suffolk Superior Court Monday, March 6, 2017, in Boston. Hernandez is standing trial for the July 2012 killings of Daniel de […]

BOSTON (AP) – The jury in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been sent home early after the judge said he needed time to consider a claim that Hernandez’s lawyers have new evidence that could help their client.

Attorney Ronald Sullivan told Judge Jeffrey Locke on Monday that a street sweeper who passed by the 2012 drive-by shooting scene saw a woman or someone with braids rising from the sunroof of a white SUV and holding what appeared to be a recording device.

Prosecutors accuse Hernandez of fatally shooting Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as he rode in a silver Toyota 4Runner.

Prosecutor Patrick Haggan said the street sweeper did not mention a white SUV during his initial police interview.

Locke took a defense motion to dismiss under advisement.

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