Aaron Hernandez Expected to Appear in Court Thursday

It will be his first public appearance since he was sentenced to life in prison last month

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is expected to appear in court Thursday to be arraigned on a witness intimidation charge.

It will be Hernandez's first public appearance since he was sentenced to life in prison for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez was indicted May 8 on a charge of witness intimidation for allegedly shooting a witness to the 2012 homicides of Daniel de Abreu and Safrio Furtado in Boston's South End. Hernandez was previously indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and assault and weapons charges in connection with the double murder.

The shooting victim has not been identified, but Hernandez's former friend Alexander Bradley filed a lawsuit against him saying that Hernandez shot him in the face following an argument at a Miami strip club.

Scheduling matters may also be addressed at Thursday's hearing, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Suffolk Superior Court.

In a separate hearing Thursday, Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, is due to go before a judge in New Bedford to ask for a preliminary injunction barring the sale of Hernandez's Hummer. Ward has sued Hernandez, and her lawyers have been trying to track down his assets. The Hummer turned up for sale in a used car lot this month.

Hernandez is currently being held in Souza-Baranowski prison in Shirley, Massachusetts, a maximum-security institution. 

According to a CNN report, Hernandez got in trouble this week after serving as a lookout for another inmate during a prison fight. Hernandez and the two inmates who fought are reportedly being disciplined.

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