Defense Lawyers Seeking Hernandez’s Medical Records from Patriots

Former NFL New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez watched his defense attorneys, Jamie Sulton, left, and Charles Rankin talk during a hearing at the Bristol County Superior Court House in Fall River on June 16.
Former NFL New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez watched his defense attorneys, Jamie Sulton, left, and Charles Rankin talk during a hearing at the Bristol County Superior Court House in Fall River on June 16. –REUTERS

The lawyers defending Aaron Hernandez against murder charges are reportedly seeking access to the former player’s medical records from his time as a member of the New England Patriots.

Fox 25 reported that Hernandez’s defense team has subpoenaed the NFL team seeking information on “psychological testing, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, drug or alcohol abuse related records, medication records, physical therapy records, scouting reports, investigative reports and other medical records.’’

Hernandez’s lawyers claim the records are “essential’’ to proving his “state-of-mind prior to the alleged offense.’’

Hernandez and his lawyers were in court on Monday seeking to have the charge of murdering Odin Lloyd dismissed, claiming prosecutors have not been able to show probable cause.

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.

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