Aaron Hernandez's lawyer claims Bill Belichick subpoenaed, but didn't appear in court

Aaron Hernandez and Bill Belichick are shown in January 2013.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez embraces his attorney Jose Baez after the defense rested its case during Hernandez's double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Wednesday, .

Baez said the other witnesses who encountered Hernandez on the night of the alleged murders painted a much different picture of him, saying he was friendly, and not enraged.

The defense claims that Alexander Bradley, Hernandez's former friend and now the key witness for the prosecution, fired the shots over a drug deal gone bad.

In his closing argument, Hernandez's lawyer called the state's star witness the real killer. "It wasn't a big part of the trial anyway, so I dropped it".

"It's an absolute lie", Baez said. "I'm not sure what happened", Baez added, but he told Yahoo that Belichick's schedule would not allow for him to appear in court in the time frame mandated by the trial.

Baez began his closing by reminding jurors of the awesome burden that comes with being a juror and that the the judge reminded them to "make sure [to] remember every single thing that relates to reasonable doubt". It is also possible that lawyers for the coach came to an undisclosed arrangement with the court.

Hernandez already is serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is seated.

Hernandez is being represented by attorney Jose Baez, et al.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft testified during that trial, in 2015, that Hernandez had told him directly that he was innocent of Lloyd's death.

A friend who was with Hernandez that night testified that Hernandez opened fire on the auto about two hours after de Abreu bumped into Hernandez at the club and spilled his drink.

BOSTON (AP) - Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez "took pleasure" in gunning down two men in 2012 because he felt disrespected after one of them accidentally spilled his drink at a nightclub, a prosecutor said Thursday during closing arguments at Hernandez's double-murder trial. That witness, Alexander Bradley, told the jury that he had thought Hernandez only meant to scare the men. He repeatedly emphasized that Bradley had been given immunity to testify and said that Bradley, not Hernandez, may have been the gunman.

Haggan told jurors Thursday: "You know who the killer is".

  • Rogelio Becker