Fall River, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Former New England Patriots tight end
Aaron Hernandez was in court on Tuesday for a pretrial hearing and briefly
took the stand to answer questions from the judge regarding a possible
conflict of interest for one of his attorneys.
Hernandez pleaded not guilty in September to a charge of first-degree murder
and five accompanying weapons charges in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-
old semi-pro football player from the Boston area who was dating the sister of
Lawyers presented a number of pretrial motions, including a surprising one
from the prosecution to have Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh recuse
herself from the case, before Hernandez took the stand to answer questions
from the judge regarding one of his attorneys.
Hernandez gave simple yes-no responses to numerous questions from Garsh,
including his understanding of the charges against him, then asked about a
potential conflict of interest regarding defense attorney Michael Fee, who has
a professional relationship with the wife of assistant district attorney Pat
Hernandez said he was made aware of the professional relationship and said he
still wanted Fee as one of his representatives.
Other items discussed Tuesday in the nearly one-hour hearing included motions
to stop leaks to the media and the prosecution's responsibility to preserve
Another pretrial hearing was set for December.
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