Aaron Hernandez Asserts His Innocence In Letter From Jail

Aaron Hernandez Asserts His Innocence In Letter From JailFormer New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has been denied bail following the announcement of the charges.

‘Not guilty’

TMZ’s latest update on Hernandez shows readers a letter the former Patriots tight end allegedly wrote from jail. TMZ claims that this letter is real, but it’s worth noting that this is just a report:

Aaron Hernandez wrote a pen pal a letter from inside his jail cell, declaring his innocence, saying his murder charges are God’s plan, and vowing to return to the NFL … and TMZ has a copy.

We have verified with law enforcement the letter is the real deal.  You can read it yourself … among the highlights:

— “The world just makes things out of false accusations … and it will all die down, especially when they say NOT GUILTY”


‘Prove all the haters wrong’

– “All the people who turned on me will feel like crap.”

— “God put me in this situation for a reason.”

— “Can’t wait to sign [autographs] again when I’m playing again an [sic] prove all the haters WRONG.”

Do you think Aaron Hernandez is guilty or not of the charges against him? Would he be able to return to his NFL career?

 

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

Image: SB Nation

Jury Finds George Zimmerman Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin’s Death

Jury Finds George Zimmerman Not Guilty In Trayvon Martin's DeathGeorge Zimmerman never denied shooting Trayvon Martin, but he said he did so in self defense. Late Saturday night, a Florida jury found him not guilty in the teenager’s death.

‘Intentionally committed’

The verdict caps a case that has inflamed passions for well over a year, much of it focused on race. The six jurors — all of them women — deliberated for 16½ hours. Five of the women are white; one is a minority.

To convict Zimmerman of manslaughter, the jurors would have had to believe he “intentionally committed an act or acts that caused the death of Trayvon Martin.” That charge could have carried a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, though the jury was not told of that possible sentence.


‘Deadly encounter’

Both sides of the case asked for peace after the verdict. In the immediate aftermath, they appeared to have gotten their wish — even though the Internet erupted with outrage. But now that Zimmerman is a free man, his defense and his brother fear for his safety.

The deadly encounter took place on February 26, 2012, as Martin walked back to his father’s fiancee’s house through the rain from a Sanford convenience store. The 17-year-old was carrying Skittles and a drink. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, spotted him and called police. Sometime after that, Zimmerman and Martin got into a physical altercation that ended in Martin’s death.

Are you satisfied with the jury’s verdict for George Zimmerman? Why or why not?

Source: Greg Botelho and Holly Yan | CNN

Image: NBC News