The first Aaron Hernandez murder trial currently isn’t going very well.
In addition to an about-face from Judge E. Susan Garsh on the question of whether she’ll allow the jury to know that Odin Lloyd sent multiple text messages to his sister after leaving his home with Hernandez and others in the early morning hours preceding Lloyd’s killing, Monday’s court session included incriminating testimony from Hernandez’s former maids.
In damaging testimony against former New England Patriots' TE Aaron Hernandez in the murder trial of Odin Lloyd, Hernandez' maids, Marilia Prinholato and Grazielli Silva revealed they had stumbled upon guns while cleaning. The guns were found in a sock drawer and in a pair of pants left on the floor. The fact that multiple guns were found was best explained to jurors by Judge Susan Garsh. "The testimony couldn’t be used as proof that Hernandez had a “propensity” to kill, but that it could be used as evidence that he had the “means to commit the murder charge.”
The murder weapon used to kill the semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, has yet to be found.
Further testimony by one of the maids, Grazielli Silva showed she had received a $300.00 check from Hernandez’ fiancee Shayanna Jenkins on June 18, 2014. This was the day after the murder. According to Silva, Jenkins appeared to be out of sorts. Jenkins has been granted immunity by prosecutors, but all bets may be off if she is not truthful. Shayanna has yet to testify, but may be in for trouble ahead as the prosecution is " just getting warmed up."
On June 10, 1977, a 24 year old former postal employee named David Berkowitz was arrested as the "Son of Sam" killer in New York. Critical information had been provided to the Omega Task Force by a former neighbor. History.com:
A major break in the case came when an eyewitness came forward to report that she had seen a man with what looked like a gun minutes before the shots were fired in Brooklyn. Her information led to the first police sketch of Berkowitz. More important, she reminded investigators that two police officers had been writing parking tickets on her street that night. A search of tickets eventually turned up Berkowitz's car.
Neither maid for Aaron Hernandez, Marilia Prinholato nor Grazielli Silva, would sign a non-disclosure agreement. Both refused and were fired. They had little problem in testifying for the prosecution.
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."
Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.