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Hernandez Defense Loses Bid To Toss Cellphone

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Ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has lost a bid to have his cellphone and some other evidence thrown out in the murder case against him.

A Superior Court judge ruled Friday to allow his BlackBerry as evidence. The defense argued it was seized under a false claim of legal authority. Prosecutors said they had a valid warrant and that Hernandez's lawyers turned it over willingly.

The judge agreed the phone wasn't turned over through trickery or duress.

The defense also lost a bid to have tossed a rifle found in a car in Hernandez's garage.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to Odin Lloyd's fatal shooting.

The judge also ruled against a motion filed by Hernandez's fiancee, who is charged with perjury, to have that case dismissed for insufficient evidence.

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