Bill Belichick’s Name on Aaron Hernandez Witness List

January 26, 2015 at 7:51 am by Terez in Aaron Hernandez

Should be a wild Trial T...

Should be a wild Trial T…

When Bill Belichick’s name appears on the witness list, you know you’re looking at the Super Bowl of criminal trials. Jury selection is almost complete in the murder trial of former NFL star and New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez. A final jury of 18 people, 12 regular jurors plus 6 alternates, will be selected from an initial pool of over 1100 potential jurors. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan E. Garsh has patiently sifted through the juror pool, using a comprehensive 51-part questionnaire and lengthy individual interviews, to try and seat an impartial jury. She has been so cautious in fact, given the high-profile nature of the case, that she has banned any Patriots or sports related gear from being worn inside the courthouse. If you have ever been to Massachusetts, especially when the Pats are a week away from playing in the Super Bowl, you know this is no small order. Prosecutors have said they expect the trial to last 8-10 weeks and anticipate calling about 45 witnesses. Patriots owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick are two of more than 300 names that were listed by prosecutors as possible witnesses for the trial. Needless to say, Monday’s final stage of jury selection will be significant for both sides. A final jury of 12 regular and 6 alternates is expected to be seated by the end of the day. Opening arguments are expected to begin Tuesday morning, however an impending blizzard may postpone the trial. Stay tuned for complete coverage at WildAboutTrial.com.-TO

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