FALL RIVER — Aaron Hernandez will be moved from a Bristol County jail to a facility closer to Boston, a judge ruled Monday, and the former NFL star’s lawyers said they plan to argue that his pending murder trial should be moved as well.
During a hearing in Bristol Superior Court, Judge E. Susan Garsh said Hernandez could be moved from the Bristol County jail in Dartmouth to a facility closer to his Boston-based lawyers, who said they want to be able to meet with Hernandez more easily as they prepare for his upcoming murder trial.
A spokesman for the Bristol County sheriff’s office said that Hernandez will be moved to a Suffolk County jail, but neither the spokesman nor the judge said when the move would occur.
Hernandez faces three murder charges in two cases. He is accused of killing Odin L. Lloyd in North Attleborough in June 2013, and of shooting Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado after an altercation at a nightclub in Boston in July 2012. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The cases have drawn national attention because of Hernandez’s stature as a promising professional athlete before his arrest. Defense attorneys say that attention may make it difficult to find an impartial jury in Bristol County when Hernandez goes on trial in Lloyd’s killing.
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