Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Right now and NFL player linked to a murder investigation set to be arraigned in Massachusetts Aaron Hernandez.
Arrested and led out of his home in handcuffs.
A week after a man described as an associate of his was found dead just a mile from Hernandez's house.
The charges he will face are not clear at this time.
Just couple of hours after we saw him in -- the -- handcuffs the New England Patriots cut their ties with Hernandez.
Let's talk about what our legal panel today Rebecca rose woodland is a trial attorney.
Can -- -- a former Florida homicide prosecutor.
To you first can.
We know that he is being charged with obstruction of justice.
But we don't know anything more until he is officially -- -- but one would think.
That the patriots had some inside knowledge about what for what lies ahead for him.
You don't cut ties to a guy unless there's some serious charges coming against right.
Well that may be the case but.
Didn't do it's hard to speculate exactly what the charges are being presented today in court.
It may -- Just obstruction of justice charges and those are not minor charges in related to a homicide investigation they'll -- serious felony charges and that in of itself.
Give the team highs as to why they want to cut their ties with the player.
So it's hard to -- -- exactly what the charges are going to be but suffice it to say that these are serious charges and -- series homicide investigation.
Is undergoing right now.
Concerning the death in this particular case.
Rebecca one of the problems he's gonna -- now is that he apparently is not gonna have access to that huge contract that he had he's got to hire a team of criminal defense lawyers.
And he's not going to be getting an income.
That's actually right the issue here is I believe -- he may have a morals clause in his contract.
That the patriots might have enforced immediately.
Any interaction with law authorities regarding an arrest the patriots might have spent in the morals clause that they had specifically with this player.
-- to his previous situations.
They may have said.
Well we're going to release -- from the contract doesn't mean they can't -- contract then later on.
It means that right now they are stepping out of this immediately he will not be paid from.
Most of most ordinarily when your release from a contract in the situation you're not paid there may be some sort of payment plan.
And his contract every player has a different one specifically and then the NFL has -- basic.
One -- mile and Roger Goodell did you don't look good league commissioner has made player conduct a centerpiece.
Love his administration -- telling them all of the NFL players that.
They represented the shield the so called NFL shield logo there let's turn our attention to that awful case out of Ohio aerial Castro.
Back in court today.
The the death penalty apparently is still on the table because of the fact that.
He is alleged to have punched one of his victims one of the women he was keeping.
In the stomach to the point that she aborted.
What are the chances of a plea deal here the due to defenses said they are open of that well.
You know if I were the defense attorney in this case I would be begging for a plea deal Ohio does have what we call a fetal.
Death statute that if you can prove it.
The prosecution can prove he did kill a child they they believe -- life begins in the fetal stage before.
Before the baby is born that is -- life and there -- the death penalty statute in place.
You know I have so they are looking at a very serious crime.
And they have three eyewitnesses that he captured in mid teens who worn out thank god free who can testify against him so any defense attorney in this case is begging the prosecution for life imprisonment.
There really isn't that much left here -- mean we know what -- But -- does he have some twisted kind of leverage here because you know that -- three women through their spokespeople released a statement today and in part it says the longer this process lasts.
The more painful it is for themselves.
Does he have some weird kind of leverage by saying -- -- you know if you want to give me the death penalty.
I'm gonna make you go to court I -- I'm you know make them testify I'm gonna make them recount all of these horrors.
Well that that's a very interesting point.
And he did the prosecution in my opinion really has the leverage here they have the ultimate trump card.
Not only charging him with -- homicide but seeking the death penalty.
And that bargaining chip of taking a -- -- death penalty if he pleads guilty and avoids a trial avoids having to put the victims sued a horrific.
-- situation having to come into court.
Face -- -- testified that really is a trump card held by the prosecution I don't think the defendant wants to be placing himself in a position having to spend.
The rest of his life on death row.
And then potentially a face execution are so if it's a series it's a serious problem for the defendant we're gonna have to end it there I just -- -- leave this note for our viewers according to the jail logs aerial Castro.
Has been refusing to shower or change his jail clothing -- Rebecca rose woodland Ken panelists thank you both --
Filter by section