News

Hernandez murder trial to start in January

Hernandez murder trial to start in January

AARON HERNANDEZ:Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled at a hearing in Fall River District Court that the former NFL star's trial would begin on Jan. 9, according to a spokeswoman for Bristol County Superior Court. Photo: Reuters

By Elizabeth Barber

BOSTON (Reuters) – Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd last summer, a Massachusetts judge ruled on Tuesday.

Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled at a hearing in Fall River District Court that the former NFL star’s trial would begin on Jan. 9, according to a spokeswoman for Bristol County Superior Court.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough in June 2013. He has also pled not guilty in Boston to separate charges of killing two men after an incident involving a spilled drink at a nightclub in 2012.

Garsh did not rule on Tuesday on a motion filed a day earlier by Hernandez’s lawyers that asks the court to “take prompt action” to prevent news broadcasts of Hernandez’s hearings from capturing courtroom conversations between the former Patriots player and his lawyers.

The motion says a relative of Hernandez who watched a hearing earlier this month via the Internet was able to overhear “private conversations between counsel and their client while they were seated at counsel table awaiting the hearing to begin.”

The motion cites Massachusetts court rules that allow electronic recording in court but bar anyone from recording private conversations between defense lawyers and their clients.

“It is essential to the defendant’s receiving effective assistance of counsel in this case that his counsel be able to confer among themselves and confer with their client confidentially,” read the motion.

(Editing by Scott Malone and Grant McCool)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Cities remove ban on recreational fires

Fresh
campfire

If a bonfire is on your list of “to-do’s,” feel free to start chopping that firewood. Several cities, including Bellingham, Sedro…

in Local

Bellingham now accepting permit applications and plans electronically

Fresh
Computer Type

If you are thinking of building a house in Bellingham anytime after November, don’t bother driving to the planning department…

in Sports

Ex-NFL running back Phillips charged with killing cellmate

Fresh
In this 2005 photo, former National Football League running back Lawrence Phillips is shown in Superior Court in Los Angeles. Phillips was sentenced Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, to 10 years in prison after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, in Los Angeles.  Photo: Associated Press/Anne Cusack

Phillips is suspected of killing 37-year-old Damion Soward at Kern Valley State Prison in April. Officials determined Soward was strangled.

in Local

Police still can’t find missing kayaker

Fresh
kayak

Searchers found the belongings of a 24-year-old kayaker who went missing on lake Whatcom early Sunday morning: his wallet, his life…

in Sports

Report: Bills worried ‘Shady’ McCoy will miss Week 1

Updated
FILE - In this March 10, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy speaks to the media during a press conference in Orchard Park, N.Y. Bills coach Rex Ryan has no intention of putting "a muzzle" on his players. And that includes running back LeSean McCoy for questioning the motivations of his former coach, Chip Kelly. Ryan responded Wednesday, May 6, 2015, after McCoy created a stir for telling ESPN The Magazine that "there's a reason (Kelly) got rid of all the black players" in Philadelphia.

McCoy suffered a left hamstring injury during practice on August 18 and a source told Anderson that McCoy's MRI showed a "small tear" in his hamstring.