Lawyers for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is facing three first-degree murder charges, have requested that Hernandez be transferred from Bristol County jail to a prison closer to Boston.
According to motion submitted to the court by Hernandez’s lawyers, Bristol County Jail, located in North Dartmouth has been logistically challenging for the Boston-based legal team. A shorter driving distance would help Hernandez, “receive constitutionally-guaranteed effective access to and assistance of counsel,’’ the motion states.
The motion also states that Hernandez has also has limited privacy and “been subjected to unreasonable restrictions.’’ His team also accuses Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson of collecting evidence for the prosecution, instead of ensuring Hernandez’s safety. According to the motion, Hernandez feels unsafe after allegations were made that he assaulted an inmate and threatened to kill a guard and his family.
Hernandez is currently being held without bail at the county jail. His trial is expected to begin October 6.