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Hernandez's body language in court scrutinized

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Aaron Hernandez is charged with three murders, but anyone who has watched him at trial has noticed him smiling.

“He's smiling, he's looking off into the distance. It doesn't seem to bother him very much,” Northeastern University criminologist Jack Levin said.

Levin said Hernandez’s body language might be tied to his childhood as a football prodigy.

“They feel superior, they begin to look invincible and sometimes when you look at Hernandez in court, he looks like he simply doesn't care,” he said.

A CNN special aired Tuesday night looking at Hernandez’s roots and looked at the sudden loss of his father when he was 16.

“I've talked to him at length, there's a warmth within this person,” Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told CNN.

Even his former Patriot teammate, Kevin Faulk, is speaking out in support of Hernandez.

“I don't want him to have done it, so if you want me to say no then no, I don't think he did it.  At the same time anyone could be pushed to do something drastic like that,” Faulk told CNN.

But Levin says, Hernandez's past feelings of superiority might have lead him to face murder charges.

“So he can have thug membership, he can stay in the gang, he can do the wrong thing, and he'll get away with it. That may be in his mind,” Levin said.
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