Site visits could sway Hernandez jurors

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A court officer passes by the yellow home, center, where the late Odin Lloyd lived in Boston, during a site visit by the jury in the murder trial of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Hernandez is charged with killing Lloyd in 2013. The jury toured several sites related […]

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — On Friday, Jurors hearing the Aaron Hernandez case toured key sites connected to the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Members of the jury visited Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro, as well as the industrial park where Lloyd’s boy was discovered.

Former U.S. Attorney, and Eyewitness News legal analyst Robert Corrente says the visits are often the difference between reading a book and showing a movie. Both the prosecution and defense will use the visits to tell their side of the story, and sway the jurors. Attorneys pointing out specific visual references for jurors remember, as well as the proximity of one site to another.

“Those are important visual details for the jury to understand the stories that are being told,” Corrente said. “It has pieces of physical evidence whether they’re videotapes or footprints or skidmarks or shell casings. It’s very important for them to be able to tie all that together.”

The defense will use the tours to punch holes in the prosecution’s case against Hernandez.

“So to the extent that they can stand up at trial or at closing arguments and say ‘Do you remember when we went out to the scene do you remember seeing this piece? It couldn’t have happend the way they said it did.’ It’s important for those reasons.”

For security reasons, Hernandez did not accompany the jury on its tour.

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