Aaron Hernandez Trial Set for Oct. 6, Judge Will Consider Motion to Dismiss Murder Charge

In this Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, right, speaks to his attorney Charles Rankin during a hearing at Bristol Superior Court, in Fall River, Mass.
In this Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, right, speaks to his attorney Charles Rankin during a hearing at Bristol Superior Court, in Fall River, Mass. –AP

A Bristol Superior Court Judge ruled that the Aaron Hernandez trial tied to the alleged murder of Odin Lloyd will begin this fall.

After taking under advisement defense motions on dismissing that murder charge and suppressing video evidence obtained by the prosecution, Judge Susan Garsh ruled that both sides should expect to start a trial on October 6, according to tweets from WPRI reporter Chantee Lans and Managing Editor of Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly David Frank, who were both covering today’s hearing.

The ruling came on a day when lawyers for the former New England Patriots tight end filed a motion to dismiss the murder charge against their client after they claim prosecutors have not been able to show probable cause.

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The Boston Globe reported that defense attorney James Sultan called the government’s case “woefully lacking,’’ but prosecutors gave a detailed review of their case, providing a preview of what they will present in court when the trial begins.

Prosecutor William McCauley called their case “powerful,’’ according to the Associated Press. The Globe report quoted McCauley as saying “the evidence would suggest presence, knowledge, and intent to see this thing through.’’

Hernandez’s lawyers also asked that Judge Susan Garsh suppress surveillance footage from the former football player’s home because the search warrant used to obtain that video was more of a “wish list’’ than a search executed with the reasonable belief that authorities would find evidence of a crime, according to the Globe report.

Judge Garsh ruled that she would take both motions under advisement and issue a ruling on them at a later date.

Hernandez was also arraigned on charges related to an altercation in the Bristol House of Corrections. He faced misdemeanor assault and battery charges after allegedly getting into a fight with a fellow inmate and threatening to kill a corrections officer. Hernandez pleaded not guilty.

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