Aaron Hernandez consoled the girlfriend of the man he's accused of killing just hours after his bullet-riddled body was found, the woman testified in the ex-NFL star's murder trial Tuesday.
Hernandez "put his hand on my shoulder and he told me he'd been through this death thing before, that it would get better with time," Shaneah Jenkins testified.
Jenkins also testified that she noticed her sister — who is Hernandez's fiancée — acting secretively during a series of short phone calls, carrying a black trash bag out of the house and then borrowing her car for a half-hour trip away from the home.
Court documents revealed last year that investigators suspected the fiancée helped Hernandez, 25, hide evidence that day. The murder weapon, believed to be a handgun, has not been found.
Hernandez and two other men allegedly murdered the semi-pro football player in June 2013, and left the body at a construction site near the home where Hernandez lived with his girlfriend and their young daughter.
Hernandez and Lloyd were in the "beginning stages of a friendship," Lloyd's girlfriend at the time, Jenkins testified Friday.
Tuesday's testimony was delayed for several hours as the judge held a closed hearing that resulted in a juror being kicked off the jury for lying about how big of a New England Patriots fan she was during jury selection. The judge concluded there was "credible evidence that the juror has attended more Patriots games than were disclosed on the questionnaire."
The woman also previously told friends that she did not believe the ex-NFL star could be found guilty unless the gun that killed Lloyd was found, the judge said in announcing her decision. "Over the last few years, the juror has expressed significant interest in serving on this particular jury," the judge said.