By Scott Malone
FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) – The jury at next month’s murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will not hear of the final text messages his alleged victim sent to his sister, a Massachusetts judge ruled on Friday.
Prosecutors had argued that Odin Lloyd’s last text messages showed he had believed he was in danger as he rode in a car with Hernandez after being summoned to his house late one night in June 2013.
Lawyers for ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez arrive in court for final hearing ahead of January murder trail carrying suit for defendant to wear.
/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Students at medical schools around the United States planned “die-ins” to protest the chokehold death by police of an unarmed black man and New York activists demanded the city take action after a grand jury declined to indict the officer involved.
Protests intensified last week after the grand jury decision to not charge a white New York City police officer in the July death of Eric Garner, who was unarmed. The decision came a week after a Missouri grand jury did not indict a white officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.
/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The head of the New York Police Department vowed on Tuesday to repair relations with poor and minority communities following the death of a suspect, even as protests over police violence flared across the United States.
The department will retrain its members in nonviolent ways of making arrests, Police Commissioner William Bratton said, adding that he had taken a non-confrontational approach to protests over a grand jury’s decision not to charge the officer involved in the controversial chokehold case.