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Bill Belichick avoided testifying in Aaron Hernandez trial, partially because he was difficult to reach

04.13.17 at 10:38 am ET
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Bill Belichick hasn't spoken extensively about Aaron Hernandez since 2013. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick hasn’t spoken extensively about Aaron Hernandez since 2013. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick was expected to testify at Aaron Hernandez’s double murder trial. But he was able to get around it.

As the jury entered its fifth day of deliberation Thursday, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke said Belichick’s attorney called to see if his client was in trouble for failing to appear at the witness stand. Hernandez’s attorney, Jose Baez, said his team subpoenaed Belichick towards the end of the trial, but ultimately decided to forego his testimony. Baez said they didn’t think it was “critical” to hear from the coach.

Hernandez’s team tried to reach Belichick earlier in the proceedings, but Baez said it was difficult to get in touch with the seven-time Super Bowl champion.

“The reason for the delay on that part was the community where he lived. Our process server was not able to get him numerous times,” Baez said, via TMZ.

No member of the Patriots organization testified during this case. Owner Robert Kraft was called as a witness during the Odin Lloyd murder trial.

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