Prosecutor: Tipster Claiming Juror Misconduct Had a 'Sexually Explicit Relationship' with Aaron Hernandez
08/04/2015 AT 09:10 AM EDT
Shortly after the former NFL star was sentenced to life in prison, a tipster contacted his defense attorney and alleged that there had been juror misconduct.
In June, lawyer James Sultan filed documents saying that the tipster first called him on April 16, the day after the jury convicted Hernandez of the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.
Among the tipster's claims: that one of the jurors had been "untruthful." According to the Associated Press, the tipster said that the juror “had been present for a discussion about a Boston double murder case that Hernandez is also charged in."
But authorities have now called the tipster's motives into question. On Monday, prosecutor William McCauley said in a filing that the tipster was a woman in a "sexually explicit relationship" with Hernandez.
Although McCauley did not give details of the alleged relationship, he said that the woman – identified only as "Katy" – had sent him sexual letters.
McCauley said that the tipster concocted the story because she believes that Hernandez is innocent and hopes to continue her relationship after he is set free. He classified the tips as an "unwarranted fishing expedition."
Even if the tipster could prove juror misconduct, Hernandez would not walk free. He would simply receive a new trial in the killing of Lloyd. He also faces trial in a separate murder case.
Prison hasn't been smooth sailing for Hernandez, who was remanded to Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, a maximum security prison about 40 miles west of Boston.
In May, Hernandez got into brawl with two other inmates. He also got a new tattoo on his neck – a five-point star that says "Lifetime," which may be a symbol of the Bloods gang.
The judge has not yet ruled on the filing.
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