Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke granted a motion by defense counsel and prosecutors for the change. Selection for the jury was originally suppose to begin Jan. 19. A new trial date has not been set yet, and Jan. 19 will now serve as a status hearing.
In May 2014, a Boston grand jury indicted Hernandez, 26, for the murder of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were shot outside a Boston nightclub on July 16, 2012. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Hernandez is already serving a life sentence after he was convicted in the murder of Odin Lloyd, who was shot dead on June 17, 2013 near Hernandez’s home.
Hernandez, who attended the University of Florida, was drafted in 2010 in the fourth round by the Patriots. The tight end played for New England from 2010 to 2012.