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Aaron Hernandez's murder trial set for May

BOSTON (AP) - A judge on Tuesday scheduled a tentative May trial date for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men, and his lawyers asked a judge to issue a gag order because of intense media coverage of the murder case.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after a random nightclub encounter.

During a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court, Hernandez's lawyers asked Judge Jeffrey Locke to issue a gag order prohibiting anyone involved in the case from commenting outside court.

Attorney James Sultan said the defense is concerned that Hernandez can't get a fair trial because of extensive media coverage of his indictment in the double slayings and another murder case against Hernandez in the 2013 death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

"I think it's incumbent upon all of us ... to do whatever we can to safeguard Mr. Hernandez's constitutional right to a fair trial and a jury that has not been poisoned by unfairly prejudicial pretrial publicity," Sultan said. He argued that a judge in Bristol County, where Hernandez is charged with killing Lloyd, issued a gag order in that case.

Prosecutors opposed the request. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Haggan called a gag order "unreasonable" and "unwarranted" and said it not the usual practice in Suffolk County.

Haggan said Hernandez's lawyers were suggesting that "because of his celebrity and his public figure status that Mr. Hernandez should not be held to the rules of this court."

Haggan said prosecutors involved in the Hernandez case had not made any improper statements outside court. Sultan disagreed, saying that District Attorney Dan Conley had "held a press conference" after the indictments against Hernandez were issued and again after he was arraigned.

The judge took the request under advisement and did not indicate when he would rule.

Locke made it clear that the May 28 trial date is only tentative. He acknowledged that the date could change because Hernandez's trial in Lloyd's killing is scheduled for October.

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dan_crabtree June 24 2014 at 4:57 PM

next up gloves to hide his hands while in court...or they could hand him a sack of sandpaper and have him start erasing...which ever is the cheapest on the taxpayers..

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biffcove June 24 2014 at 6:10 PM

I am still amazed that this punk does not even look worried that he probably will spend the rest of his life in a six foot cell.Never to walk free again.

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Bob June 24 2014 at 7:11 PM

They really need to get some new pictures. They keep reusing the same old ones.

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johnny June 25 2014 at 6:04 AM

All that talents, but all the red flags were there. He was trouble in high school college, and the pros. The only thing He proved he was good at was taking lives. PILE OF ****

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tdjjr1999 June 25 2014 at 1:44 AM

what a numbnuts!

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bdot157 June 24 2014 at 8:05 PM

Wonder if he's still free balling ?

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niner1ed562 June 24 2014 at 7:15 PM

Neptunek4 what's Latinos have to do with what he did ? stick to the issue don't drag a whole race into this! If that's the case then u don't want Italians Russians Irish and so on !

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colorado niner1ed562 June 24 2014 at 10:15 PM

niner, that is the point! Soon the entire race, (one) will be flipping latinos. They breed like flies, and live like maggotts! Get real, learn something...

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cabinsmoke June 24 2014 at 6:06 PM

And his sentence to life in prison will be in July.

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bricklayer June 25 2014 at 6:46 AM

This guy is a Spic piece of shciit

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Robert LeClair June 25 2014 at 4:30 PM

How do I get on the jury so I can make sure he gets the chair. He's a piece of scum !!

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