The judge overseeing the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has warned the slain man's mom not to cry while testifying in the case.

Ursula Ward is the mother of Odin Lloyd, who was found dead near Hernandez's home in June 2013.

Shortly before she testified Wednesday, Ward took the stand to identify her son from an autopsy photo of his face, her voice wavering a little.

After that, Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh told Ward that she must retain control of her emotions and not cry when she is shown photos of her son.

Ward has left the courtroom in tears on two previous days when seeing photos in court of her son's body.

Her testimony ended Wednesday without her crying.