Aaron Hernandez Reportedly Having Tough Time Paying His Defense Team

epa04230280 Former NFL American football player Aaron Hernandez (L) listens to the prosecution's summary of facts as he is arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 28 May 2014. Hernandez is accused of ambushing and shooting two men in 2012 after an altercation in a Boston nightclub. Hernandez already faces separate charges for the 2013 murder of semi-professional American football player Odin Lloyd. EPA/Dominick Reuter / POOL
Former NFL American football player Aaron Hernandez listened to the prosecution's summary of facts as he is arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court.
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Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who is now accused of committing three murders, is struggling to pay his legal team, FOX Sports reports.

Hernandez is facing two separate murder trials. He has been charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Odin Llyod at an industrial park in North Attleboro last year, as well as the 2012 slayings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado outside of Cure nightclub in Boston.

Hernandez was represented by a team of lawyers including Charles Rankin and James Sultan at both of his arraignments, but have filed documents to the court indicating that they may no longer represent him moving forward, according to FOX Sports.

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The reason: A portion of the $12.5 million bonus that was supposed to be guaranteed to Hernandez when he signed a contract extension in 2012 is in dispute, and his $1.3 million home is the subject of a restraining order that prevents him from selling it or using it for anything other than paying a future judgment in a civil lawsuit filed by the family of one of the men he is accused of killing.

The lawyers have reportedly asked the court to give Hernandez 60 days to sort out his finances and let the court know about the status of his legal team.