A video camera showing proceedings in the double murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was shut off after inadvertantly showing the faces of jurors on Tuesday, a day after the jury was instructed to go home as a judge considered new evidence presented by Hernandez's defense attorneys.
Before the cameras were shut off, jurors were shown graphic photos of the 2012 crime scene, including one of the BMW the victims were in when they were gunned down at a South End stoplight.
Prosecutors accuse Hernandez of fatally shooting Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as he rode in a silver Toyota 4Runner.
One of the victim's family members also left the courtroom after becoming distraught when she saw photos of bullets and blood near the BMW.
Boston Police Sgt. Daniel Duff explained for hours on Tuesday the painstaking process of photographing the scene, including the photo of a cell phone one of the victims died holding; however, Hernandez's defense said these photos were taken too late - an hour and a half after the shooting - suggesting that was plenty of time for detectives to bungle the investigation.
Another witness, a security guard at a nearby nightclub, also took the stand Tuesday to describe how he heard gunfire from the shooting and arrived at the scene before first responders.
After jurors were dismissed for the day on Monday, the judge heard testimony from a street sweeper who was at the scene of the crime.
Hernandez's attorneys said the man, Warren McMaster, is telling a different story than what he told police, saying his rights were violated.
McMaster told the judge he was threatened by police detectives when he was interviewed after the double murder.
He also claimed he passed right by the crime scene, telling investigators he saw a white SUV with a woman in the area. That description does not match Hernandez.
Defense attorneys questioned police detectives Monday, trying to prove it's possible McMaster's story is true because there is no evidence proving otherwise.
Choosing not to halt the trial as he considers the motion, the judge took the defense team's motion to dismiss under advisement and has yet to issue a ruling.