Hernandez Defense Loses Bid To Toss Cellphone
Ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has lost a bid to have his cellphone and some other evidence thrown out in the murder case against him.
A Superior Court judge ruled Friday to allow his BlackBerry as evidence. The defense argued it was seized under a false claim of legal authority. Prosecutors said they had a valid warrant and that Hernandez's lawyers turned it over willingly.
The judge agreed the phone wasn't turned over through trickery or duress.
The defense also lost a bid to have tossed a rifle found in a car in Hernandez's garage.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to Odin Lloyd's fatal shooting.
The judge also ruled against a motion filed by Hernandez's fiancee, who is charged with perjury, to have that case dismissed for insufficient evidence.