23hernandez - Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez sits for a hearing in Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA, 22 July 2014. Hernandez is facing charges for the 2013 murder of semi-professional American football player Odin Lloyd and now Hernandez is also accused of ambushing and shooting two men in 2012 after an altercation in a Boston nightclub. (CJ Gunther/EPA/Pool)
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Aaron Hernandez is set to be tried for first degree murder beginning in January for the 2013 killing of a Dorchester man, reported The Boston Globe.

Hernandez is charged with shooting an acquaintance, Odin L. Lloyd, to death in an industrial park near Hernandez’s North Attleboro home.

The news of the former New England Patriots star player’s latest trial date comes on the heels of reports that his legal issues may serve as a bit of a distraction for his former team as they attempt to stage a deep run in the playoffs.

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That possibility may very well come true since the playoffs are scheduled to begin Jan. 3. Jury selection for the 2013 murder is scheduled to begin Jan. 9, according to The Globe.

On Tuesday, Hernandez’s defense team resolved a dispute over team records it requested from the Patriots, although details of the resolution are unclear, reported the Associated Press.

Hernandez’s lawyers said last month that 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” was “essential” to proving his “state-of-mind prior to the alleged offense.”

Hernandez is also scheduled to stand trial for two charges of first-degree murder in the killings of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were shot to death on July 16, 2012 while stopped at a traffic light in Boston’s South End.

That trial is tentatively set to begin May 28, 2015.