Defense Expected To Rest In Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have called their first witness in his murder trial.

Hernandez lawyer James Sultan says he plans to put just three witnesses on the stand Monday, and expects to rest before lunch.

The defense called as its first witness David Greenblatt, a doctor who teaches at Tufts University School of Medicine. He will testify about the effects of PCP. Hernandez’s co-defendants were seen smoking the drug two days before the killing.

Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

The prosecution spent more than two months laying out its case.

The judge has said she expects closing arguments to be delivered on Tuesday or Wednesday. Jury deliberations will begin after that.