Jan. 4, 2016 has been set as the date for the trial to begin “in earnest,” according to the AP.
The former New England Patriots tight end was indicted last month on two murder charges in the 2012 killing of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu. Prosecutors accuse Hernandez of killing the pair after one of the men spilled a drink on him at a night club.
The trial will take place in the Suffolk County Superior Court.
In May, Hernandez pleaded not guilty to witness intimidation in the case after being charged with trying to keep a witness to the alleged double murder quiet by shooting him in the face.
In April, Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.
Hernandez received an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, which results in an appeal to Massachusetts' highest court. On Monday, his legal team claimed a juror in the Odin Lloyd murder trial was improperly exposed to information that could have impacted the outcome of the trial.
- Molly Geary