Hernandez defense tries to knock down tire track testimony

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FALL RIVER, Mass.  — A lawyer for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez went after a Massachusetts state trooper on Thursday. The trooper testified that the tread from the tire track found at the scene of the crime matched a tire on a car that prosecutors said the ex-New England Patriots player was driving the night of the killing.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

Massachusetts State Police Trooper Todd Girouard testified Thursday that the passenger-side rear tire on a Nissan Altima that Hernandez rented matched a track left near Lloyd’s body.

But a Hernandez lawyer pointed out the trooper had only 4.5 days of training on tire impressions and had only examined 15 tires in his career.

The trooper acknowledged the match was his opinion.

Also on the stand Thursday were two separate neighbors who lived at the condo complex in Franklin, Massachusetts where Hernandez rented a unit just one month before Lloyd’s murder.

Even though Hernandez’s name was on the lease, Phillip Buxton and Carol Bailey testified that it looked like someone else was living in the condo. They both identified that person as Ernest Wallace.

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