Aaron Hernandez — ‘I’m Not Mentally Ill’

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Ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez just took the witness stand for the first time in his high profile murder case … and told the court he”s not mentally ill.

During the hearing, the judge peppered Hernandez with a barrage of questions about his overall health and mental state. Hernandez — who was pretty composed on the stand — insisted he”s A-OK.

Hernandez has pled not guilty to the murder of 27-year Odin Lloyd

If convicted … Hernandez faces life in prison.  When asked if he understood the gravity of the situation, Hernandez told the judge he got it.