Jurors in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will begin their second day of deliberations Monday.
The jury spent about six hours weighing the case Friday in Suffolk Superior Court before adjourning for the weekend.
At around 2:30 p.m. Friday, jurors put a potentially revealing question to Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke.
The question read, “If an immunized witness provides specific testimony that we believe would give enough evidence for a conviction, do we have to have corroborating evidence for that specific piece of testimony?”
The word specific was underlined.
Among the immunized witnesses who testified at trial was Alexander Bradley, Hernandez’s former friend and marijuana supplier.
Locke told jurors that a defendant cannot be convicted solely on the word of an immunized witness, and that additional evidence must corroborate at least one element of the charged offense.
He told jurors he was driving Hernandez’s Toyota 4Runner when the athlete reached across him and fatally shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as they sat in a BMW at a stoplight.
Hernandez, 27, has pleaded not guilty to charges of killing de Abreu and Furtado in a drive-by shooting in Boston’s South End in the early morning hours of July 16, 2012.
He has also pleaded not guilty to a witness intimidation charge for allegedly shooting Bradley in February 2013 in an effort to silence him about the killings.
Hernandez is already serving a life sentence for the June 2013 fatal shooting of Odin L. Lloyd, a 27-year-old Dorchester man who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee at the time of his death.
The state’s highest court will automatically review Hernandez’s first-degree murder conviction in the Lloyd case at a later date.