The sheriff in charge of the Bristol County jail where former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is being held as he awaits a trial date after being charged with first-degree murder says he won't allow Hernandez to get married as long as he is in his facility.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson told USA Today that if he tries to do that for a legal courtroom strategy or for another reason, it's not happening.
Hernandez is engaged to the mother of his 7-month-old daughter. If he was married to his fiance' Shayanna Jenkins, she could be shielded from testifying against Hernandez at a trial.
"I don't subscribe to that. I feel that those rights are things that you access on the outside, if you're a good citizen," Hodgson said. "We'll do everything we can to not have that happen."
Hernandez has been held without bail at the Bristol County jail since June 26, the day he was arrested and charged with killing 27-year old Odin Lloyd.
Hodgson also said Hernandez denied any sort of gang affiliations after receiving a mental health evaluation and a physical upon his arrival at the jail.
"We're not concerned about that at all right now. Anytime anybody has tattoos we make sure we are cautious," Hodgson said.