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 Sports

Indianapolis extends contract of former WWU Viking Matt Overton

Fresh
Indianapolis Colts long snapper Matt Overton at the KPUG.

Overton played at Western Washington University in 2005 and 2006 where he was a team captain and a two-year starter at defensive end and and long snapper.

in Local

Sakuma berry farm still at odds with workers two years later

Last year berry pickers picketed pay and conditions at Sakuma Brothers Farm.

Workers continue to fight for better conditions and pay

in Local Sports

Vikings split doubleheader with MSUB

Updated
WWU Softball field

WWU rallies to win opener 4-3, falls 11-6 in nightcap

in Local

Senator Cantwell calls for safer oil train cars

oil tank

Many rail cars on tracks right now aren't designed to carry highly-flammable oil

in Sports

Report: Eagles send LeSean McCoy to Bills

Philadelphia Eagles' Darren Sproles, left, and LeSean McCoy stretch before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Philadelphia.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles have sent star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso.