FOX 25: Potential jurors in Hernandez case may be asked if they’re Pats fans

FOX 25: Potential jurors in Hernandez case may be asked if they’re Pats fans

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez began Friday with jury selection and Fox 25’s Ted Daniel was in the courtroom.

The first 375 potential jurors reported to Boston for the State vs. Aaron Hernandez case. No cameras were allowed in the courtroom to protect their identities. Hernandez, who is charged with the cold-blooded execution of Odin Lloyd, arrived to court in a sheriff’s van. Authorities say Lloyd, a Dorchester native, was shot five times; twice after he’d fallen to the ground.

Three groups of potential jurors were introduced to Hernandez and his legal team Friday, which is the first step of the vetting process.

Legal analyst Brad Bailey said the judge is “bringing jurors in in groups and she has an overall pool of up to a thousand.”

The jurors were asked to fill out a questionnaire and Bailey said they will likely be asked what they’ve read about the case and what they’ve heard.  They will also be asked if they have formed an opinion about the case, and if they are a Patriots season ticket holder. 

Given that Hernandez is a football celebrity, he said, potential jurors could still be picked to sit even if they recognize the former tight-end.

An order is in place prohibiting both sides from speaking about the specifics of the case outside of the courtroom.

Thomas Quinn, acting Bristol County DA said he’s prepared for this case since June of 2013 and looks forward to “a jury being selected that is fair and impartial to both sides.”

BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez began Friday with jury selection and Fox 25’s Ted Daniel was in the courtroom.

The first 375 potential jurors reported to Boston for the State vs. Aaron Hernandez case. No cameras were allowed in the courtroom to protect their identities. Hernandez, who is charged with the cold-blooded execution of Odin Lloyd, arrived to court in a sheriff’s van. Authorities say Lloyd, a Dorchester native, was shot five times; twice after he’d fallen to the ground.

Three groups of potential jurors were introduced to Hernandez and his legal team Friday, which is the first step of the vetting process.

Legal analyst Brad Bailey said the judge is “bringing jurors in in groups and she has an overall pool of up to a thousand.”

The jurors were asked to fill out a questionnaire and Bailey said they will likely be asked what they’ve read about the case and what they’ve heard.  They will also be asked if they have formed an opinion about the case, and if they are a Patriots season ticket holder. 

Given that Hernandez is a football celebrity, he said, potential jurors could still be picked to sit even if they recognize the former tight-end.

An order is in place prohibiting both sides from speaking about the specifics of the case outside of the courtroom.

Thomas Quinn, acting Bristol County DA said he’s prepared for this case since June of 2013 and looks forward to “a jury being selected that is fair and impartial to both sides.”

BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez began Friday with jury selection and Fox 25’s Ted Daniel was in the courtroom.

The first 375 potential jurors reported to Boston for the State vs. Aaron Hernandez case. No cameras were allowed in the courtroom to protect their identities. Hernandez, who is charged with the cold-blooded execution of Odin Lloyd, arrived to court in a sheriff’s van. Authorities say Lloyd, a Dorchester native, was shot five times; twice after he’d fallen to the ground.

Three groups of potential jurors were introduced to Hernandez and his legal team Friday, which is the first step of the vetting process.

Legal analyst Brad Bailey said the judge is “bringing jurors in in groups and she has an overall pool of up to a thousand.”

The jurors were asked to fill out a questionnaire and Bailey said they will likely be asked what they’ve read about the case and what they’ve heard.  They will also be asked if they have formed an opinion about the case, and if they are a Patriots season ticket holder. 

Given that Hernandez is a football celebrity, he said, potential jurors could still be picked to sit even if they recognize the former tight-end.

An order is in place prohibiting both sides from speaking about the specifics of the case outside of the courtroom.

Thomas Quinn, acting Bristol County DA said he’s prepared for this case since June of 2013 and looks forward to “a jury being selected that is fair and impartial to both sides.”

Given that Hernandez is a football celebrity, he said, potential jurors could still be picked to sit even if they recognize the former tight-end.

An order is in place prohibiting both sides from speaking about the specifics of the case outside of the courtroom.

Thomas Quinn, acting Bristol County DA said he’s prepared for this case since June of 2013 and looks forward to “a jury being selected that is fair and impartial to both sides.”