Aaron Hernandez seeks jail transfer, citing 'safety' concerns

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June 20, 2014, 3:49 pm
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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik) - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wants out of the Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and into another jail.

His attorneys, in new filings, say he's been "relentlessly exploited by the sheriff for self-promotion and virtually non-stop publicity."

His attorneys are questioning his "safety" while locked up in Bristol County.

"This dynamic is simply untenable!" Hernandez's lawyers said in their court filing Thursday.

Hernandez's lawyers also argued that their client has had his right to privacy violated, and that because he is also charged in a separate murder case in Suffolk County, they currently have to drive too far back and forth to meet with him in jail.

He wants to move to a jail closer to Boston.

Hernandez's defense team alleges that Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson has exploited Hernandez for publicity and self-promotion.

The filing also claims that Hernandez has had his right to privacy violated.

NECN spoke with Hodgson, who denies the allegations.

"It's just absolutely not true," said Hodgson. "We're doing exactly what we would be doing with anyone else that's in our custody."

Additionally, court documents show that former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was on Hernandez's jailhouse phone list. Hernandez also asked that Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers be added.

His fiance, Shayanna Jenkins, and his high school friend, Ryan McDonnell, also appeared on a jailhouse visit list.

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was back in court Wednesday morning over a technicality.
Hernandez appeared in a Fall River, Massachusetts, courtroom while attorneys discussed whether or not an affidavit was attached when a search warrant was signed and when it was executed.

Massachusetts State Police Trooper Michael Sherven took the stand. He said he showed the search warrant to Hernandez when investigators searched his North Attleboro home a year ago. Sherven said the warrant was with the affidavit at all times.

The defense said the affidavit filed in the application for the warrant mentions that police were looking for GPS evidence, but the actual search warrant does not mention GPS evidence.

The judge said she will take the issue under advisement.

Hernandez was in court Monday for a hearing in the murder case of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player from North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Defense attorneys say prosecutors have failed to show probable cause that the former New England Patriots player killed Lloyd or even took part in the slaying.

A tentative trial date of Oct. 6 has been set in the Lloyd murder case. The judge did not immediately rule on the motion to dismiss the murder charge.

In a separate case, Hernandez on Monday pleaded not guilty to assaulting an inmate and threatening a guard.

Hernandez is accused of punching Andrew Booker while Booker was allegedly in handcuffs. Additionally, a correctional officer handing out food said Hernandez threatened to shoot and kill his family when he got out of jail after the officer allegedly refused to give him more food.

Hernandez is also charged in a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston which killed two men.

Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were both shot to death while they were stopped at a red light as they left the Cure Lounge in Boston's Theatre District.

In May, Hernandez pleaded not guilty to those murders.

Prosecutors say that the shooting was sparked over a spilled drink inside the club that made Hernandez feel disrespected.

Hernandez is being held without bail.

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