Aaron Hernandez's attorneys have filed an appeal of the guilty verdicts against the former New England Patriots star, claiming that "no rational jury could have found [guilt in] every essential element … beyond a reason doubt."
"Rather, improper speculation, conjecture, and guesswork was required to reach a guilty verdict," the memorandum reads.
So begins the appeals process for Hernandez, who in April was found guilty of first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez was handed a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. His lawyers are seeking to have the guilty charge reversed and, barring that, imploring the court to reduce his sentence to one that could potentially have him out of jail in 15 years.
All along, the case against Hernandez was built on circumstantial evidence. There was no murder weapon found, no eyewitnesses that would testify that he was the shooter, and no clear motive as to why Hernandez wanted to kill a man who was dating hisRead More »from Aaron Hernandez lawyers say jury wasn't 'rational'