Aaron Hernandez's attorney says he subpoenaed Patriots coach Bill Belichick to testify in the former tight end's double murder trial in Boston, but chose not to pursue Belichick when he didn't appear, Yahoo Sports reported.
“It was short notice so I didn’t make a big deal about it. It wasn’t a big part of the trial anyway, so I dropped it,” attorney Jose Baez told Yahoo Sports on Thursday, after closing arguments in the case in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston.
Jurors will begin deliberations Friday morning, the Boston Globe reported.
Hernandez, 27, has pleaded not guilty to killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting in Boston’s South End in the wee hours of July 16, 2012.Healready is serving alife sentence for first-degree murderafter killing Odin L. Lloyd inJune 2013.
Three hours of closing arguments Thursday capped a trial that began March 1 and in which 70 witnesses testified —with the one notable exception.
Belichick was served a subpoena to appear, but Baez says there was little notice on the appearance date and Belichick's schedule didn't allow him to appear so quickly. Still, a bench-issued subpoena to appear attrial typically doesn't give the subject the option of not appearing, and failure to appear can bring charges against the subject.
In this instance, Yahoo Sports noted, presiding Judge Jeffrey Lockehas made no reference to the situation or taken further known action. The matter may have become moot when Baez chose to rest his case Thursday.
“I’m not sure what happened,” Baez said.