Bristol County prosecutors agreed Thursday that Aaron Hernandez can be moved to a jail closer to Boston, but they strongly rejected complaints from defense attorneys for the former New England Patriots star that he has been mistreated by the Bristol County sheriff’s office, according to court papers.
Hernandez has been held at the Bristol County jail in Dartmouth since his arrest June 26, 2013, in the slaying of Odin L. Lloyd in North Attleborough that month. He is also facing two first-degree murder charges in Suffolk County in the slayings of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston in July 2012. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all charges in both counties.
Hernandez’s Boston-based lawyers recently asked that Hernandez be transferred to another jail while he is awaiting his trials, which are not expected to begin for several months.
Hernandez is to be tried in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River on murder charges in the Lloyd case and in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston in the Abreu and Furtado case.
Hernandez’s lawyers have also questioned the way their client has been treated by Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, who provided prosecutors with tape-recorded conversations between Hernandez and his allies.
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