Ex-Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez due in court on double murder charge

Tuesday August 16th, 2016

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez appeared in court Tuesday for a status hearing in the double murder case against him.

His trial date has been set for Feb. 13, 2017 by a judge.

Hernandez, 26, has been in jail since April 2015 when he was convicted of killing Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée at the time of his murder. Hernandez received an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole and is appealing his conviction in that case.

Hernandez's new lawyers are expected to appear in court, as he is charged separately with two counts of murder, three counts of assault with intent to commit murder and a weapons charge in the 2012 deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Authorities say that Hernandez shot de Abreu, Furtado and one other man after one of them spilled a drink on him at a nightclub.

According to the Boston Globe, Hernandez is expected to attend the hearing, which is scheduled to take place at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston.

A spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney's Office told the newspaper that the hearing most likely will address motions and scheduling issues.  

– Scooby Axson


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