On Monday, a judge ruled that Aaron Hernandez, currently retained on accusations of murder, can be moved to a jail closer to his attorneys in Boston. The former player with the New England Patriots was in court for several procedural issues regarding his case. The judge’s decision was met with no objections from the prosecutors, in what regards the move from the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth. The former tight end player is currently being detained at the above-mentioned facility, which is about an hour and twenty minutes away from Boston by car, to the south of the city.
The defense lawyers also complained on behalf of their client, claiming that Hernandez’s rights to privacy and due process were being violated by the jail’s administrator. The prosecutors deemed these claims as baseless defense and the judge chose not to address them at all.
In other news related to his case, Hernandez, who also played on the University of Florida team, was recently featured on the Gators’ 2014 sports calendar as Mr. July. He also appears in a calendar for the Patriots, which was produced by the same company. Both organizations delineated themselves from the case. In a statement made before the press last week, University of Florida officials explained that the calendar had been approved for publication months before murder charges were brought against Hernandez. The Patriots refused to make any comments whatsoever on the matter. In the Gators’ calendar Hernandez is seen sporting his No. 81 white jersey, paired with blue pants with an orange stripe. He holds a football under his right arm and is almost looking straight into the camera. In the Patriots calendar, Hernandez holds the ball in his hands, sporting red gloves, a navy jersey, silver grey pants and high socks. Both calendars can be purchased via Target.com.
Aaron Hernandez was arrested immediately after the end of the 2012 season, on June 26, 2013. He is being charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd’s body was found abandoned in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, where Hernandez owned a mansion. His trial is scheduled to begin on October 6 and others are facing charges in this case, too. Following this first accusation, Hernandez, who is now 24 years-old, has also been charged with first degree murder in a drive-by shoot-out case with two victims: Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. These charges will be heard in a trial scheduled to begin in 2015.