Brian Snyder, Pool, File, Associated Press
In this Oct. 9, 2013, file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial court hearing in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend. Police wrote in a June 28, 2013 search warrant application that there was probable cause to believe that Hernandez was driving a vehicle used in a separate double slaying of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, in Boston, and "may have been the shooter."

FALL RIVER, Mass. — A defense lawyer in the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez says police and prosecutors targeted his client in the murder case from the beginning.

His lawyer Michael Fee told jurors Thursday in his opening statements that Hernandez is an innocent man and did not kill semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in 2013.

Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins.

He says Hernandez "never had a chance" because authorities locked in on him right away.

Fee says the investigation into Lloyd's death was "sloppy and unprofessional."

He says evidence will show that Hernandez did not kill Lloyd and did not ask anyone to do so.

Prosecutors said in their opening statement that Hernandez orchestrated the killing of Lloyd and then orchestrated the cover-up.