Aaron Hernandez Trial: Prosecutors Play Video of Him Before the Murder

Video shows former NFL tight end pumping gas and entering a convenience store.

ByABC News
February 26, 2015, 5:09 PM

— -- Prosecutors in Massachusetts today showed surveillance video of Aaron Hernandez the night he allegedly murdered Odin Lloyd.

Prosecutors say the former New England Patriots tight end, on trial for the June 13, 2013 murder, could be seen on a camera -- mounted at a Canton gas station -- pumping gas and entering a convenience store.

Prosecutors have said that Hernandez, 25, rented a Nissan Altima -- the same one seen in the surveillance footage played in court today -- prior to Lloyd's murder.

Inside the store, prosecutors say Hernandez can be seen buying bubble gum -- an item prosecutors have often used to connect him to the murder. The video also shows co-defendant Carlos Ortiz.

Hernandez is on trial in the murder of Lloyd, 27, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's then-fiancee at the time. There have been questions about where the slaying actually occurred; the victim's body was later found at an industrial plant. He has pleaded not guilty.

Although Lloyd was shot, no gun was ever recovered. However, an employee at a rental car agency has testified that she found a .45-caliber bullet casing in the vehicle Hernandez had rented after it was returned along with a chewed piece of gum. It is the same type of gum, prosecutors say, as the one Hernandez had purchased.

Prosecutors also entered into evidence photos for the jury to see of tire marks and shoe prints recovered in North Attleboro at the site of where Lloyd's body was recovered. They have argued that the prints match a pair of Air Jordan's Hernandez owned.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to indicate that prosecutors say another man in the Canton Gas Station surveillance video shown at trial was Carlos Oritz, who is also facing murder charges for killing Lloyd.

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