Posted: Mon August 5, 2013 6:48PM; Updated: Mon August 5, 2013 6:47PM

Massachusetts prosecutors give video to Aaron Hernandez defense

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
Aaron Hernandez
Prosecutors reportedly have given both photographic and video evidence to Aaron Hernandez's defense.
Attleboro District Court documents

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) -- Prosecutors provided Aaron Hernandez's defense team Monday with the surveillance video from a Boston nightclub where the former New England Patriot and his friend allegedly had a dispute a few days before the man's slaying.

Defense attorney James Sultan said outside Attleboro District Court that he received a "substantial amount" of material and that the legal team would immediately begin combing through it as they seek to clear Hernandez's name.

Neither side described exactly what is on the video.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 about a mile from Hernandez's North Attleborough home. Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, had been shot five times.

Prosecutors turned most of the material over to the defense ahead of a brief hearing.

During the hearing, Judge Daniel O'Shea ruled in favor of the defense request to preserve surveillance from the club and from a nearby homeowner - from 10 p.m. on June 14 into the early morning hours of June 15, when authorities say Hernandez and Lloyd were at the club.

Bristol County Assistant District Attorney William McCauley said the material included video from Rumor nightclub and surveillance from a nearby hotel. He said the prosecution also would be providing surveillance from the homeowner.

Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd's killing because he was upset at him for talking to some people at the club. Hernandez's lawyers say the case against him is circumstantial and they are confident he will be exonerated.

Hernandez is being held in jail without bail.

Two other men who authorities say were with Hernandez on the night of Lloyd's killing are facing lesser charges. Ernest Wallace has pleaded not guilty to a charge of accessory to murder after the fact. Carlos Ortiz has pleaded not guilty to a firearm charge. Both are being held without bail.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SI Videos
Videos from the Web
 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Draft Yasiel Puig NHL Playoffs NBA Playoffs Mark Cuban Jabari Parker
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved. Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint