Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd.
Following more than 30 hours of deliberations, the Fall River jury found Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder by reason of extreme cruelty in Lloyd's killing. He had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee at the time of his death. The verdict carries an automatic life sentence with no possibility for parole.
The verdict was surprising to many as it was widely believed that the prosecution did not adequately link Hernandez to the actual shooting, just to the crime scene. The defense called just tree witnesses to the prosecution's more than 130.
In addition to the Lloyd murder, Hernandez still awaits trial for a 2012 double homicide that claimed the lives of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28, both of Dorchester.