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Aaron Hernandez appeals; lawyers cite jury's 'guesswork'

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Aaron Hernandez Lawyers Claim Jury's Conviction Was Not 'Rational'

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have filed an appeal of his murder conviction, saying it was based on "improper speculation, conjecture and guesswork."

The appeal filed this week in Bristol Superior Court says "no reasonable jury" could have found Hernandez guilty of killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013 and cites insufficient evidence for a conviction.

Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder and sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison without parole. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins.

Under Massachusetts law, all first-degree murder convictions are automatically appealed.

Jenkins is due in court Friday for a hearing on a perjury charge, which prosecutors are asking a judge to dismiss.

Hernandez is awaiting trial in the killings of two Boston men in 2012.

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Aaron Hernandez appeals; lawyers cite jury's 'guesswork'
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Llyod at Fall River Superior Court. Hernandez looks at the jurors as the alternates are being chosen. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd at Fall River Superior Court. defense attorney James Sultan holds up a photo of Ernest Wallace in his closing argument, suggesting that Hernandez was present when Lloyd was killed by Wallace. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Llyod at Fall River Superior Court. Defense attorney James Sultan holds a photo of the murder scene during closing arguments. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Llyod at Fall River Superior Court. Hernandez wipes his face as he listens to the judge speak to the jury. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - MARCH 31: Aaron Hernandez, left, listens to testimony next to his attorney Charles Rankin as a photo of witness Darryl Hodge is displayed during the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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