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Aaron Hernandez Tattoos May Be Used as Evidence at Trial, Judge Rules

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Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pre-trial hearing at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on Dec. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool, File)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Jan 2017 05:27 PM

A Suffolk Superior Court judge has ruled tattoos Aaron Hernandez got after he allegedly murdered two men in Boston in 2012 may be used as evidence against him at his trial.

Judge Jeffrey Locke made the ruling Tuesday in a pre-trial hearing preceding the upcoming double murder trial of the former New England Patriots football player. Hernandez faces murder charges for killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a 2012 drive-by shooting after one of the men bumped into him at a nightclub.

Soon after the deaths, Hernandez got tattoos showing the same type of revolver that was used to kill the two men with five bullets in the chamber, WCVB 5 reported. Five shots were fired into the victims’ car. He also got a tattoo that read “God Forgives,” written in mirror image, at the same time.

Prosecutors argue the tattoos amount to an admission of the crimes.

Hernandez attorney Ronald Sullivan said the theory by the prosecution was “speculation” and “inference,” and added that Hernandez wouldn’t have a fair trial if jurors are allowed to hear about the tattoos, WCVB 5 reported.

Attention was drawn to Hernandez’s tattoos after he appeared in court with the word “LIFETIME” tattooed on his neck, according to The Boston Globe. The Bristol County sheriff’s department also studied the tattoos looking for evidence of gang affiliation, but found none.

Hernandez is serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 murder of Odin L. Lloyd. He is also accused of killing a former friend who witnessed the 2012 killings.

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