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Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Testified At Aaron Hernandez's Murder Trial

Kraft was only questioned for about an hour.

Posted on March 31, 2015, at 11:01 a.m. ET

Patriots owner Robert Kraft testified Tuesday in former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's murder trial. His appearance as a witness comes as the prosecution prepares to rest their case.

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The prosecutor's first question for Kraft was, "Do you work?" "I think so," the owner replied.

Kraft said that he worked for the Patriots, then said his job is to do "whatever they ask me to do."

His testimony shed hardly any light on the experience of being an NFL team owner, but Kraft later testified that he didn't follow details about Hernandez's recruitment or the contract extension the Patriots gave him less than a year before his arrest.

Kraft said that on June 19, 2013 — two days after Lloyd was murdered — he arrived at Gillette Stadium and was informed that Hernandez was in the building. Helicopters and media were already at the stadium.

Kraft pulled Hernandez into an assistant coach's office and told him that he understood there was an "incident that transpired" and he wanted to know if Hernandez was "involved." Hernandez told him he wasn't involved, "that he was innocent, and that he was at a club."

The Patriots owner said Hernandez hugged and kissed him on his way out of their brief meeting, which he says was something Hernandez did often.

After Kraft finished his testimony, Patriots security specialist Mark Briggs was called to the stand. He said Hernandez know the policy that requires players to report any "potential criminal incident" to the team and the league.

On June 19 2013, Briggs asked Hernandez if he was involved in the murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez told him he was not involved, that he was innocent, and that he "swore on his baby's life that he was telling the truth." Briggs later asked Hernandez to leave the Patriots facility because his presence was "bad for business."

Prosecution is expected to rest its case later this week, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick is on the witness list and could be called to the stand.

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