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Juror Removed From Hernandez Trial for Personal Reasons

He is charged with murder in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd

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    Trooper Testifies in Hernandez Trial

    The defense team for Aaron Hernandez pointed the finger at what it called shoddy police work while the former New England Patriots tight end stands trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015)

    Wednesday was a short day in court for the Aaron Hernandez murder trial - testimony stopped after just two hours for scheduling reasons.

    But in that time, a juror was dismissed from the case.

    Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh told jurors that they may have noticed another empty seat in the jury box.

    "That was for reasons that were entirely personal to that juror," Garsh said. "It has nothing to do with this case."

    We heard from a Massachusetts State Police Trooper, a North Attleboro patrolman and a firefighter, who responded to the crime scene in that town on June 17, 2013.

    Jurors even saw video of the scene taken by the trooper on the stand, as victim Odin Lloyd's mother watched on.

    Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, who was there in support of the former Patriots tight end, looked annoyed when the video was played.

    Again, the defense tried to hammer home sloppy police work. Attorneys representing Hernandez also accused the North Attleboro police officer of keeping a shoddy police log.

    In court, photos and video of tire tracks recorded by police at the scene were entered into evidence, along with a set of footprints near Lloyd's body.

    The prosecution, once again, laid out a picture of a meticulous investigation - one where investigators knew where they leaving additional footprints.

    Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.