Testimony resumes Wednesday in the double murder trial of Aaron Hernandez, with jurors possibly hearing from a man who gave him gun tattoos after the slayings.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke said Monday that he would conduct a voir dire Wednesday morning with a witness from California.
A voir dire is questioning out of the jury’s view to determine what jurors will be able to hear.
Among the California witnesses listed in court filings is David Nelson, a tattoo artist who etched handguns on Hernandez near the phrase “God forgives” in the spring of 2013.
Hernandez, a former New England Patriots star, has pleaded not guilty to charges of killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting in Boston’s South End in the early morning hours of July 16, 2012.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office contends the tattoos Hernandez received from Nelson amount to an admission of guilt, a claim strongly disputed by the defense.
Hernandez, 27, is already serving a life sentence for the June 2013 killing of Odin L. Lloyd. An appeal of his first-degree murder conviction in that case will be heard at a later date.
The once-promising athlete caused a stir after his conviction in the Lloyd matter, when he arrived for a pretrial hearing in the double murder case with a new tattoo on his neck that said “Lifetime.”
That tattoo, widely seen as a reference to his prison sentence, is now partially obscured by his shirt collar each day.
Courts were closed on Tuesday due to the storm.