Judge seizes Aaron Hernandez’s home
By Travis Andersen | Globe Staff
December 19, 2013
Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle/AP File
A judge seized former Aaron Hernandez’s North Attleborough mansion while a wrongful death lawsuit is pending against him
NEW BEDFORD--A judge today preliminarily seized former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez’s North Attleborough mansion while a wrongful death lawsuit is pending against him.
Judge Richard Moses issued the attachment order in Bristol Superior Court at the request of the family of Odin Lloyd, who have filed the suit against the ex-New England Patriot. Hernandez is currently in jail awaiting trial on charges of murdering Lloyd.
Charles Rankin, a lawyer representing Hernandez in the criminal case, did not object to the order but said his client reserved the right to revisit the matter if he retains civil counsel.
An attachment order is issued by a court to freeze someone’s assets to make sure that they are able to pay a judgment. Hernandez could sell the house, but if he did, the proceeds would also be frozen.
Also during the brief hearing, a lawyer for the Patriots said the team would not pay Hernandez more than $3.25 million that his former union says he is owed by the franchise, should the union prevail in their pending labor grievance.
As part of the wrongful death suit, Lloyd’s family is seeking to block that payment to Hernandez and have said in court papers that it could be awarded to his estate when the lawsuit is resolved.
Should the union prevail in the grievance, said team attorney Andy Phelan, the organization will notify the court.
Attorneys for Lloyd’s family, Hernandez, and the Patriots all left court without commenting.
Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in the June 17 slaying of Lloyd, a 27-year-old Dorchester man whose bullet-riddled body was found near the athlete’s home.
Several of Hernandez’s associates have pleaded not guilty to lesser charges in connection with the murder, which prosecutors have described as an execution.
Hernandez’s lawyers have repeatedly called the case against him weak and have said they expect him to be cleared.