Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will be appearing before the Plymouth Superior Court on Thursday along with his new defense team.
Hernandez, who is currently serving a life term for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, was also charged with the 2012 murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, and a non-fatal shooting that happened seven months later.
According to prosecutors, the former New England Patriot star shot Abreu and Furtado dead outside a nightclub in Boston on July 16, 2012 for accidentally spilling a drink on him. However, he has pleaded not guilty.
Even though Hernandez was indicted in Suffolk County, he will be presented before Plymouth County because the assigned trial judge Jeffrey Locke is currently sitting there, the ABC News reported.
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Aaron Hernandez will be represented by Miami-based Jose Baez and his team. Baez is known for handling the case of Casey Anthony, in which the person in question was charged with the murder of her daughter. Baez will be joined by Harvard Law professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., top defense trial lawyer Alex Spiro and forensic expert Linda Kenney Baden.
“I can now confirm that my firm has been retained to represent Mr. Aaron Hernandez in his upcoming trial,’’ Baez wrote in a statement last month, as quoted by the Boston Globe. “Mr. Hernandez strongly maintains his innocence, and I plan to establish that before a jury of his peers. I have fully committed myself to ensuring a fair and just trial for Mr. Hernandez.’’
He added, “To accomplish this, I have assembled the best legal team in the country to serve as co-counsel.”
Carlos Ortis, a co-defendant in the murder trial of the Odin Llyod case, pleaded guilty for being accessory to the crime and was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment. According to his defense attorney, Ortiz was there for a ride and got embroiled in the incident.
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