Defense rests in Aaron Hernandez trial

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BOSTON - The defense in Aaron Hernandez's double murder trial rested Wednesday, after a day that began by filing a motion to dismiss the trial.

Closing arguments will begin Thursday morning in the trial. 

Wednesday morning started with the defense citing 'perjured testimony' from Alexander Bradley, Hernandez's former friend who was with him on the night of the shooting. The judge dismissed the claim and said that Bradley's testimony was not perjurious when taken in context.

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The first witness called by the defense Wednesday was Jake Green, a computer forensics expert. Green examined the laptop of Brooke Wilcox, the mother of Bradley's daughter. Wilcox and Bradley previously testified that Hernandez searched her laptop for news about several shootings, including the Boston double murder.

Text messages from Bradley were then shown to the jury. The text messages, previously deleted from Bradley's phone, were sent to Bradley's lawyer.

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"Now u sure once I withdraw this lawsuit that won't be held on perjury after I tell the court the truth about me not recalling anything about who shot me," one of the messages read.

Autopsy expert Dr. Jamie Downs testified next, telling the court that the State Medical Examiner was wrong when she noted that Safiro Furtado's arm was down when he was shot. Dr. Downs said Furtado's arm was up at the time.

Dr. Downs also said Furtado would have been looking towards the gun that shot him. "He has to be positioned lunging to his right," Dr. Downs said.

The defense then used an assistant to demonstrate Furtado's position in the car when he was shot. Dr. Downs said Furtado's arm "had to be going up" at the time the bullet entered.

Closing arguments begin Thursday morning and jury deliberations will follow. 

QUICK BACKGROUND

Hernandez has been charged in the June 2012 shooting deaths of two men outside of a nightclub in the South End.

Prosecutors say Hernandez felt disrespected when one of the men bumped into him, spilling his drink.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

Hernandez already is serving a life sentence without parole in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating his fiancee's sister.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE TRIAL SO FAR: 

Wednesday, March 1: "Hernandez portrayed as hothead, wrongly accused"

Thursday, March 2: "Graphic descriptions dominate Hernandez trial testimony" 

Friday, March 3: "Jurors in Aaron Hernandez murder trial see site of killings"

Monday, March 6: " Defense in Hernandez double murder trial claims new evidence"

Tuesday, March 7: "Camera ordered off after capturing Hernandez juror as graphic photos are shown"

Wednesday, March 8: "Cameras allowed back in court, bouncer testifies"

Thursday, March 9: "Shooting survivor, bouncer back on stand in Hernandez murder trial"

Friday, March 10: "Defense calls for mistrial in Aaron Hernandez double murder trial"

Monday, March 13: 
"Impending nor'easter forces brief delay in Hernandez trial"

NO COURT TUESDAY, MARCH 14

Wednesday, March 15: Tattoo artist testifies about bullets, 'God Forgives'

Thursday, March 16: "Criminalist: No way to connect Aaron Hernandez to gun by DNA evidence"

Friday, March 17: "Jury hears from tattoo artist, sees photos from Hernandez's phone"

Monday, March 20: "Key witness takes stand at Hernandez trial"

Tuesday, March 21: "Alexander Bradley testifies for second day at Hernandez trial"

Wednesday, March 22: "Alexander Bradley testifies for third straight day at Hernandez trial"

Thursday, March 23: "Aaron Hernandez's former friend testifies for fourth day"

NO COURT FRIDAY, MARCH 24

Monday, March 28: Bears player calls Hernandez 'my guy' at double-murder trial

Tuesday, March 28: "Hernandez's former friends, Florida investigators take the stand"

Wednesday, March 29: "Forensics consultant details victims' gunshot wounds"

Thursday, March 30: "Shayanna Jenkins testifies at Aaron Hernandez double murder trial"

Friday, March 31: "Prosecution could rest soon in Aaron Hernandez double murder trial"

Monday, April 3: "Hernandez defense makes its case in double murder trial"

Tuesday, April 4: "Aaron Hernandez's lawyers prepare for final days of double murder trial"

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