News

Ex-NFL star Hernandez charged in prison fight

Ex-NFL star Hernandez charged in prison fight

MORE CHARGES: Aaron Hernandez faces charges in connection with an alleged prison fight. Photo: Associated Press

By Richard Valdmanis

BOSTON (Reuters) – Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez was charged on Thursday with assaulting and threatening another inmate while in a Massachusetts prison awaiting his murder trial.

Hernandez, who played tight end for the New England Patriots, was jailed in June after being accused of gunning down another man in an industrial park near his house.

A grand jury in Bristol County indicted Hernandez on Thursday on charges of assault and battery and threats to do bodily harm stemming from an incident at the Bristol County House of Corrections in February, according to the district attorney’s office.

Hernandez is accused of repeatedly punching fellow inmate Andrew Booker after the two got into an argument in a hallway of the prison, Booker’s attorney said in March. Hernandez’s attorney was not immediately available to comment.

Hernandez had been a rising star in the NFL before police arrested him at his South Attleboro mansion in June for the shooting death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has denied the charges.

The New England Patriots released him from the team hours after his arrest. Hernandez is also being investigated for links to a 2012 double-murder in Boston, the Boston Globe has reported citing law enforcement sources.

(Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Recent Headlines

in Local

County unemployment rises in December

Fresh
job search

2,200 more people entered the county work force

in Local

Councilman: Rental registration program not expensive

Fresh
rental

City will front the start-up costs of program

in Sports

PHOTOS: Super Bowl Media Day 2015

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman during media day for NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots hit the floor for the NFL Super Bowl XLIX media day.

in Sports, Viral Videos

Marshawn Lynch doesn’t want to get fined

23-overlay5

The Seattle Seahawks running back has a goal for Media Day.

in Local Sports

Browner stands by his comments

Fresh
FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner exhorts the crowd in the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Foxborough, Mass. Browner got a Super Bowl ring without playing in the game for Seattle last season. He was serving a suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Now he's a physical cornerback for the Patriots who will go for his second straight championship, this time against the Seahawks.

New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner is standing by his remarks telling his teammates to go after then injured Seahawks.