After being handed a life sentence without parole earlier this year former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez looks set to spend the rest of his days behind bars.
Indeed, with an impending trial for double-murder and a recent indictment related to the shooting of a witness to the alleged slaying, there could be worse yet to come for the ex-NFL star.
New today, though, has revealed that Hernandez and his team feel they have found one potentially crucial issue in his recent conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd that they plan to focus on as they mount an appeal.
As reported by FOX25's Ted Daniel, Aaron Hernandez's lawyers have filed a motion to the court claiming that jurors were privy to information they shouldn't have been when coming to a verdict.
The motion is titled 'Defense Motion for post verdict inquiry respecting a juror's exposure to extraneous matters' and, per Daniel's report, is believed to claim that one particular juror was aware of information about Hernandez during the trial "that may have influenced the panel when it deliberated in mid-April."
Hernandez's lawyers ensured that the file itself was sealed and not available to the public so specifics of the argument they have put forward are not known.
You would assume they believe, or are hoping, that one of the jurors had done some outside research on Hernandez while the trial was ongoing. A fact that would obviously give them good grounds for mis-trial.
Fall from grace
Aaron Hernandez may be trying his best to overturn his life sentence conviction but, with an impending trial for the murder of two individuals in Boston set to begin later this year, his fall from grace remains headlines news.
Back in August 2012 the tight end inked a five-year contract extension after impressing in his first two years in the NFL. After adding a further 483 yards and five touchdowns in that season, however, Hernandez was arrested in June of 2013 and quickly released by the franchise.
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