Video shows ex-NFL star with type of gun used in slaying: expert

Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:59pm EDT
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By Daniel Lovering

FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Surveillance video from former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's home shows him holding what appears to be the same type of pistol prosecutors say he used to kill an associate, a handgun company official testified on Wednesday.

Kyle Aspinwall, an employee of Austrian handgun manufacturer Glock Inc, said he could see parts of a Glock .45-caliber handgun in Hernandez's hand in the video recorded shortly after prosecutors say Hernandez fatally shot Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player, in the early hours of June 17, 2013.

"I'm observing what appears to be a firearm, specifically a pistol," Aspinwall said, looking at still images from the video showing Hernandez near a basement door at his home with a black object in his left hand. "In my opinion, the firearm shown in the video stills is a Glock pistol."

Defense attorneys have suggested Hernandez was instead holding a remote control or some other device. 

Hernandez is on trial at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, on charges of murdering Lloyd. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Hernandez and two friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, picked up Lloyd at his Boston home and drove him to an industrial park near Hernandez's house in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, where his body was found later that day.

Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée, was shot five times at close range with a .45-caliber handgun. Witnesses have testified the bullets came from the same weapon.

Investigators found five empty shell casings at the scene and a sixth that had been removed from a rental car Hernandez returned, but have not recovered the weapon used in the shooting.   Continued...

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez sits during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, March 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Steven Senne/Pool