Closing arguments will take place Thursday in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who is charged with several crimes related to the murders of two men outside a Boston nightclub in 2012.
Prosecutors say Hernandez shot the men over spilled drinks (which led to at least one of the men laughing at Hernandez). The defense, however, alleges the admitted getaway driver, Alexander Bradley, actually pulled the trigger in a drug deal gone bad. Bradley testified under a grant of immunity from the state and is serving time for a separate shooting in 2014.
The defense rested its case Wednesday afternoon after calling Dr. James “Jamie” Downs. Downs believes six bullets were fired at the victims, not five, as prosecutors have alleged. Some witnesses stated that they heard six shots. Bradley said five or six shots were fired. Prosecutors have argued that a tattoo on the defendant showing five bullets in the chamber of a gun pays homage to the five shots fired.
Downs went on to disagree about the position the victims were in when they were shot. He said that the position of one of the victims’ arms was consistent with the victim holding a gun.
Prosecutors attacked Dr. Downs by saying he had no reason to include a gun in the hands of one of the victims in a diagram he presented. Downs responded that he drew the gun in the hands of the victim because the defense asked him to do so.
The prosecution did not present a rebuttal.
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