While mainly circumstantial, the prosecution’s case was strong. Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave some damning testimony by indicating that Hernandez told him that the former star tight end was not involved in the murder, and that he was in a club at the time of the murder. Timelines show that Hernandez was in fact not in the club when Lloyd was killed. That conversation also took place before it was made public that Lloyd had been killed.
Text messages between Hernandez and Lloyd also indicated that the former had invited Lloyd out the night that he was killed. In addition to this, video surveillance outside of Lloyd’s house at 2.33 a.m. the day that he was killed shows Hernandez’s rented Nissan Altima.
Later on that morning, Hernandez’s own video surveillance showed him entering his home shortly after Lloyd’s murder. The video shows Hernandez carrying something dark in his hand.
All this (and more) was apparently enough for the prosecution to prove that Hernandez had a role in Lloyd’s murder.
Remember, in order to convict Hernandez, the jury did not have to prove he actually pulled the trigger. Instead, the onus was on the prosecution to prove that he was involved in the slaying and that he did so with intent.