Defense rests in murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – The defense has rested its case in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez after calling just three witnesses.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. Lloyd was killed at an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s home.

His lawyers rested Monday after witnesses testified about DNA evidence and the drug PCP. Prosecutors then called a rebuttal witness to testify about PCP.

Hernandez’s two co-defendants were seen smoking PCP the weekend of the crime.

Prosecutors called 131 witnesses in the more than 2-month-long trial but have not explained to jurors a motive. The defense has questioned why Hernandez would put his career on the line and attacked what it called sloppy police work.

Closing arguments are expected Tuesday or Wednesday.

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