FALL RIVER (CBS/AP) — The jury in the trial of Aaron Hernandez found the former New England Patriots tight end guilty of first degree murder Wednesday in the 2013 killing of Odin Loyd.
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Jurors had deliberated more than 35 hours since last week before reaching their decision Wednesday morning.
Hernandez had pleaded not guilty to killing Lloyd, who was found shot to death in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s home. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
Because he was convicted of 1st-degree murder, Hernandez will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The verdict had to be unanimous.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in Boston, where he is accused of the drive-by killing of two men in 2012. Prosecutors say he felt disrespected after one of the men bumped into him and spilled his drink.
Prosecutors in the Lloyd case were not permitted to mention the 2012 shootings.