Former Patriots Player Aaron Hernandez Re-Trial For 2012 Killings

By Richard Rickss, Posted: 02/15/17 02:49AM EST

While Aaron Hernandez's former team celebrates yet another Super Bowl victory, the ex-England Patriots star and his lawyers are gearing up for their next courtroom battle.

Trial Set For Aaron Hernandez In 2012 Killings

Aaron Hernandez is already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, and next month he will be tried again for the 2012 killings of two men in Boston. According to CNN Sports News, Jury selection is expected to begin on Tuesday, February 14, with testimony scheduled to start on March 1.

Hernandez, who was playing tight end, emerged as one of the Patriots' bright young stars and parlayed his success into a $40 million contract extension. He also signed just weeks after the 2012 slayings in which he was accused.

Aaron Hernandez Past Conviction

Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison in April 2015 without parole for the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was a semi-professional football player, but his connection to Hernandez went beyond sports as Lloyd dated the sister of Hernandez's fiancée.

According to the source, prosecutors said Hernandez orchestrated and tried to cover up the death of Lloyd, whose body was found in an industrial park just a mile from Hernandez's home. Boston CBS reported that Aaron Hernandez was charged with two counts of murder, three counts of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, and intimidation of a witness.

As Hernandez was introduced to the juror pool, several people re-positioned themselves just to get a glimpse of him. One man was ordered to remove his Patriots hat, but he told WBZ after that he was excused for other reasons. Clearly, Hernandez didn't want to show his face and the judge even asked about his hand tattoo, as the tattoo was also a subject that is expected to come up during the trial of the heavily inked Hernandez.

Hernandez has enlisted Jose Baez, the lawyer who successfully defended Casey Anthony in her 2011 murder trial, as his defense attorney. Over the next three days, they will complete a questionnaire with a possible appointment as one of 16 chosen jurors who will hear evidence at the trial.

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