Jury in ex-NFL player's trial to deliberate for 5th day

Family and friends of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado listen to the judge speak to the jury in defendant Aaron Hernandez’s trial at Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday

Aaron Hernandez's lawyer objects to judge's pick of white forewoman

The jury in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has finished its fourth day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

One female juror left yesterday with her arms tightly crossed over her chest as Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Locke granted the spent-looking panel's request to be excused for the evening. A court officer was seen Wednesday taking an evidence poster to the panel. Please support our efforts. Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, fiancee of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, sits in the courtroom with the couple's daughter during jury deliberations in Hernandez's double-murder trial. He said choosing her as forewoman ensured she would remain on the jury instead of being dismissed as an alternate. Deliberations are scheduled to resume Wednesday morning. He said he didn't push for Belichick's testimony because it wasn't important to the defense.

They claim the selection of a white woman as the jury forewoman has troubling racial overtones. Prosecutors say Hernandez felt disrespected after one of the men accidentally spilled his drink at a nightclub. Hernandez, 27, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges and to a charge of witness intimidation for allegedly shooting Alexander Bradley, his former friend and marijuana supplier, in an effort to silence him about the July 2012 killings.

The victims were Cape Verdean. Hernandez's father was Hispanic, and his mother is Italian.

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