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FALL RIVER — Jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Friday viewed video footage of police peering into his North Attleborough home from several vantage points, shortly after the victim's body was found in a nearby industrial park.

The footage, captured by Hernandez's home surveillance system, showed North Attleborough Detective Daniel Arrighi and State Police Trooper Michael Cherven pulling into Hernandez's driveway around 9:40 p.m. on June 17, 2013, then knocking on the front door and ringing the bell repeatedly. No one answered.

Hours earlier, the bullet-riddled body of Odin L. Lloyd, 27, was found in the industrial park. Hernandez, 25, has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in Lloyd's death.


Jurors continued watching the video as Arrighi and Cherven went around to the side and rear of the house and shined their flashlights into windows. At one point, Cherven stepped onto Arrighi's palm for a lift, to see inside the garage.

"You were wandering around Mr. Hernandez's home," defense lawyer James Sultan said to Arrighi on cross examination. "Peeking into windows, right?"

"Peering into windows," Arrighi responded.

Earlier, Arrighi testified that after no one came to the door, he and Cherven went to the home of Hernandez's neighbor, Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge. Judge called the team's head of security to try to obtain Hernandez's cellphone number for the investigators, Arrighi said. They were unable to get the number.

Arrighi added that he and Cherven wanted to look in the garage to check for a rented Chevy Suburban. The keys to the vehicle were found in Lloyd's pocket, and records showed that Hernandez had rented the SUV, Arrighi said.

When Hernandez finally emerged from the house around 10:30 p.m., Arrighi testified, he and Cherven asked about the Suburban, and Hernandez replied, "My boy O has it," referring to Lloyd.


Moments later, Hernandez became agitated, walked quickly up the front steps, and said "You guys aren't coming in here" before shutting the door, Arrighi testified.

Earlier in the day, Judge E. Susan again rejected a defense request to suppress separate video footage of Hernandez, which was taken early the next morning in a parking lot at the North Attleborough police station, captured by a camera affixed to the building.

In that footage, which the government intends to show the jury, Hernandez was seen dismantling his cellphone into three pieces inside his then-lawyer's car, and later using a second phone to call Ernest Wallace, one of his alleged accomplices, according to prosecutors.

The defense had previously tried to get the footage thrown out, and on Friday, Sultan told Garsh that Hernandez had a "reasonable expectation of privacy" inside the car.

The camera "is zooming in as closely as possible on what Mr. Hernandez is doing," Sultan said. "This is a deliberate effort to surveil him."

Prosecutor William McCauley countered that the vehicle was parked in a public area, and that "there's now a deliberate attempt to communicate with Mr. Wallace," who is "one of [Hernandez's] co-venturers."

Wallace and another man, Carlos Ortiz, are also charged with Lloyd's murder and will be tried separately.

Police officials also continued testimony about the crime scene and described a small firearm that state troopers found in the woods near Lloyd's body. The murder weapon, a .45 caliber firearm, has not been recovered.


Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, did not attend the trial on Friday. She has received immunity to testify for prosecutors, but it is not known whether she will take the stand. She has regularly attended the proceedings, exchanging smiles and whispered messages with Hernandez and chatting with his defense team.

Jenkins faces a perjury indictment connected to the case, and Arrighi testified on Friday that she initially spoke to police soon after the slaying but abruptly stopped after receiving a call from Hernandez.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@ globe.com.