Lawyers seek Aaron Hernandez records from Patriots

Say data might be useful to defense

Aaron Hernandez (left) conferred with  defense attorney Charles Rankin during a hearing at the Bristol County Superior Court House in Fall River on Monday.

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Aaron Hernandez (left) conferred with defense attorney Charles Rankin during a hearing at the Bristol County Superior Court House in Fall River on Monday.

Defense attorneys for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who stands accused of three murders, have asked a Bristol Superior Court judge to issue a subpoena to the Patriots for psychological, medical, and other records from Hernandez’s time on the team.

The attorneys said they believed the Patriots had “extensive records” on Hernandez, “including, but not limited to, medical records and psychological test results.”


“The records . . . are potentially evidentiary and relevant in this case, in that they may bear upon his circumstances and state-of-mind prior to the alleged offense, as well as his physical and mental state at the time,” the attorneys said in a motion filed in court Tuesday.

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Hernandez is facing a first-degree murder charge in Bristol County in the slaying of Odin L. Lloyd, who was found shot to death June 17, 2013, in North Attleborough, not far from Hernandez’s home.

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Hernandez also faces two murder charges in Suffolk County in the slaying of Daniel Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28, in Boston’s South End in July 2012.

The defense lawyers in the court filing Tuesday emphasized, “This application is made in good faith and is not intended as a general ‘fishing expedition.’ ”

Patriots spokesman Stacey James did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.


The lawyers asked the court to order the Patriots to produce within 30 days “any and all records” from his employment between 2010 and 2013, “including, but not limited to, psychological testing, medication records, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, drug or alcohol abuse-related records, other medical records, physical therapy records, scouting reports, and investigative reports.”

The attorneys said they had unsuccessfully sought Hernandez’s medical records in letters sent to the Patriots in July and September.

Peter Schworm of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
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