Hernandez Trial Resumes After Courthouse Bomb Threat

The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was briefly delayed Thursday by a bomb threat called in to the courthouse.

Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh cut off testimony around noon after a court officer alerted her to the threat. She told jurors there would be a brief delay and they were led from the courtroom. Then she announced that the building was being evacuated.

The Fall River Justice Center was swept by Massachusetts State Police. No explosives were found, and employees were let back in about an hour later.

Court resumed at 2 p.m., with Garsh telling jurors that there was no reason to believe the interruption was related to the Hernandez case.

Jurors were held in a building across the street during the closure. Security officers said Hernandez was taken out of the building but did not say where he was held.

Hernandez is accused in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Also Thursday, the court released Garsh's decision that prosecutors may introduce into the trial jailhouse calls Hernandez made in which he discusses giving money to a cousin. Prosecutors say the promises of money were used to buy her silence after the killing.

This article was originally published on March 26, 2015.


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