FALL RIVER — Jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez are allowed to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, but Judge E. Susan Garsh urged them to be “vigilant” and remove themselves from any discussions about the case, if it comes up during the game.
The admonition came after testimony ended on the second day of the trial in Bristol Superior Court, where Hernandez is facing accusations that he killed Odin L. Lloyd, 27, in June 2013.
Ursula Ward, Lloyd’s mother, was overcome with emotion and had to leave the courtroom when graphic photos of her son’s fatal gunshot wounds were shown to jurors.
Ward broke down as North Attleborough Fire Captain John White Jr. identified the wounds.
Garsh instructed jurors that they should only consider the photos for evidentiary purposes. “Please put aside any emotion or sympathy,” she said.
Also Friday, Shaneah Jenkins, Lloyd’s girlfriend and the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, testifed that Lloyd and Hernandez were at “the beginning stages of a friendship” at the time of Lloyd’s slaying.
She made brief eye contact with Hernandez when prosecutor Bill McCauley asked her to identify him. “He’s right there,” she said. “He’s wearing a black suit with what looks like a blueish tie and a white shirt.”
Hernandez kept a steady focus on Shaneah during her testimony. Her sister Shayanna was not in the courtroom.
Shaneah Jenkins, a second-year criminal law student at New England Law Boston, said Hernandez and Lloyd sometimes smoked marijuana together in Hernandez’s basement, which she described as the athlete’s “man cave,” complete with a home theater, bar, pool table, and fitness area.
With a quiet, somber demeanor, Jenkins identified photos of the basement that were placed on a courtroom monitor, including one image of a pool table with a large Patriots logo in the center.
Jenkins said she and Lloyd began dating in March 2012, after she met him at a Comfort Inn she worked at in Connecticut. Lloyd regularly stayed there at the time. She later graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a criminology degree and began planning to attend law school in the Boston area.
Once Hernandez and Lloyd became friends, Jenkins said, they supplied each other with marijuana. She testified that sometimes when she picked Lloyd up in Dorchester, they drove a short distance to a house where Lloyd obtained marijuana that he took with him to North Attleborough.
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On one occasion shortly before his death, Jenkins said, Lloyd showed her a picture on his phone of a stack of joints that he had rolled. But normally, he rolled just one joint at a time, Shaneah testified.
She also gave a detailed description of the security cameras inside and outside Hernandez’s residence, as well as a “goldish-brownish” vehicle that never moved from a parking spot in his main garage.
Jenkins will resume testifying on Monday.
Testimony earlier in the day centered around the discovery of Lloyd’s body in a North Attleborough industrial park in June 2013.
David Swithers, a business owner in the industrial park, testified that he found Lloyd’s body “stiff and motionless.”
Swithers also testified that he had never seen anyone previously in the area where Lloyd’s body was found, though he conceded under cross-examination from defense lawyer Charlie Rankin that he told police days after the murder that he had heard people would jog and walk through the area.
He also told Rankin that he could not recall telling police that one of his workers had mentioned seeing a black SUV in the area on the morning that Lloyd’s body was found. Rankin told him that the anecdote was in Swithers’s initial audio interview with police. Swithers conceded the point.
William Anthony Cambio, 30, of Providence, who works for Swithers, testified that he was notified of the body by teenager Matthew Kent. Kent, who found the body while out for a training run, testified about his discovery Thursday.
Cambio said he, Swithers, and Kent went to see what Kent had found. “I saw a guy laying down,” he said. “He appeared very still, and it appeared that he was dead.”
The 25-year-old Hernandez is being tried for first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Lloyd, whose body was found June 17, 2013. Two of Hernandez’s friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, are also charged with murder in the slaying.
The trial began with opening statements Thursday and testimony from Kent and the owner of the lawn and tree care business where Lloyd worked.
The high-profile legal showdown comes as Hernandez’s former teammates are slated to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Hernandez played in the Patriots’ last Super Bowl appearance three years ago.