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FALL RIVER — A second juror was dismissed Wednesday morning in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

After about two hours of testimony, Bristol Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh told the remaining panel that the excused juror was dismissed for personal reasons. Garsh did not elaborate, and court adjourned for the day around 11 a.m.

The excused juror is a woman who appears to be in her 20s. Earlier Wednesday, Garsh questioned another female juror in a closed sidebar conference; however, she remained on the panel.

The jury now consists of 10 women and six men; four jurors will be designated as alternates once deliberations begin.


A juror was also dismissed last week, and Garsh had said she found “credible evidence” that the juror lied on her questionnaire, and failed to disclose detailed opinions she had about the case.

Testimony is scheduled to resume Friday; court officials said the case was curtailed Wednesday and will be postponed Thursday for undisclosed scheduling issues.

Snowstorms have repeatedly delayed the trial, and Garsh said Wednesday that jurors should plan to sit for a full day on Friday, and on Wednesday and Friday of next week, to make up for lost time. Jurors usually hear testimony until 1 p.m. on those days.

Also Wednesday, Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, 25, took her customary seat in the front row reserved for the defendant’s family, one day after she was granted immunity to testify against him. Prosecutors did not call her as a witness on Wednesday.

Jenkins faces a perjury indictment connected to the case, for allegedly lying to a grand jury about her actions and conversations with Hernandez shortly after the murder of Odin L. Lloyd, 27.

Hernandez, 25, has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in the June 2013 slaying of Lloyd, whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park near the athlete’s $1.3 million home in North Attleborough.


Legal specialists told the Globe that prosecutors may have granted Jenkins immunity to force her to testify, by eliminating her ability to assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Prosecutors allege that she removed a box, believed to contain the murder weapon, from the basement of the couple’s home at Hernandez’s request.

The murder weapon has not been recovered.

On Wednesday, Hernandez repeatedly smiled at Jenkins and whispered something to her when he entered the courtroom. One of his defense lawyers, James Sultan, asked Jenkins whether she had trouble getting out of her driveway, and a second defense attorney, Michael Fee, smiled and said hello to her.

During the trial, Hernandez has repeatedly mouthed “I love you” to Jenkins, who has said it back. She has also passed notes to his defense team during testimony.

Defense lawyers continued cross-examining police and fire officials on Wednesday, in an effort to show that they did not properly document all of the evidence and activity at the crime scene after Lloyd’s body was discovered.

Lloyd’s family, including his mother, Ursula Ward, returned to court Wednesday and maintained their composure when images of his body were displayed on courtroom monitors.

During earlier testimony, Ward had wept and rushed from the courtroom when similar photos were shown. But on Wednesday, she simply kept her head down when the graphic images flashed on the screens.


After the Lloyd trial concludes, Hernandez faces a double murder indictment in Suffolk County, where he is charged with shooting two men in Boston’s South End in 2012. He has also pleaded not guilty in that case, which is slated for trial later this year.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.