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Aaron Hernandez's murder trial will examine his tattoos and drug use

BOSTON, March 1 (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's tattoos and history of drug use could be among the evidence presented at the convicted killer's second murder trial, which gets under way in Boston on Wednesday with opening arguments.

Prosecutors charge that the 27-year-old former tight end gunned down two Cape Verdean men outside a Boston nightclub in May 2012 after one of them unwittingly spilled a drink on him. Those killings allegedly came a year before Hernandez shot dead an acquaintance at an industrial park near his North Attleborough, Massachusetts, home.

Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence after being found guilty of the 2013 North Attleborough murder. The Boston case represents the second murder trial he faces in two years.

See photos from his first trial below:

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Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez is seen on his home security system carrying a weapon in an exhibit shown during his murder trial in Fall River, Massachusetts March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT FOOTBALL)
A still image from surveillance video displayed in court shows former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez (L), visiting a gas station in Canton, the night Odin Lloyd was killed, during trial in Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, February 26, 2015. Hernandez is charged in the murder of Lloyd in 2013. REUTERS/Charles Krupa/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL CRIME LAW)
Text messages between personal trainer Brian McDonough and former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, displayed as evidence at Hernandez's murder trial, at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, February 24, 2015. Hernandez is accused of the murder of Odin Lloyd in June 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT FOOTBALL)
Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez sits during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, March 5, 2015. REUTERS/Steven Senne/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT FOOTBALL)
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Llyod at Fall River Superior Court. Hernandez looks at the jurors as the alternates are being chosen. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd at Fall River Superior Court. defense attorney James Sultan holds up a photo of Ernest Wallace in his closing argument, suggesting that Hernandez was present when Lloyd was killed by Wallace. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Llyod at Fall River Superior Court. Defense attorney James Sultan holds a photo of the murder scene during closing arguments. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Llyod at Fall River Superior Court. Hernandez wipes his face as he listens to the judge speak to the jury. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - MARCH 31: Aaron Hernandez, left, listens to testimony next to his attorney Charles Rankin as a photo of witness Darryl Hodge is displayed during the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez arrives in the courtroom at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts April 1, 2015. Hernandez is accused of the murder of Odin Lloyd in June 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Ursula Ward, mother of the victim, reacts to the guilty verdict for former NFL player Aaron Hernandez during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, April 15, 2015. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is convicted of fatally shooting semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's Massachusetts home in June 2013. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, listens during the murder trial for Hernandez at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, April 15, 2015. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is accused of fatally shooting semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's Massachusetts home in June 2013. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
FALL RIVER, MA - MARCH 31: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft testifies during the murder trial for former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - FEBRUARY 7: Hernandez appeared for a pre-trial hearing at Bristol County Superior Court. He chats with his lawyer Charles Rankin. Aaron Hernandez, a former New England Patriots player, pleaded not-guilty to murder and weapons charges related to the death of Odin Lloyd of Dorchester. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FALL RIVER, MA - APRIL 7: Closing arguments in the Aaron Hernandez trial for the murder of Odin Llyod at Fall River Superior Court. Hernandez looks up as his defense attorney, James Sultan shows a video of Hernandez's home as he emerged from the basement. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
ATTLEBORO, MA - JULY 24: Aaron Hernandez entered the court room. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez appeared in Attleboro District Court in Attleboro, Mass. on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Judge Susan Garsh makes rulings about he potential testimony of prosecution witness Alexander Bradley without the jury present at the murder trial of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts April 1, 2015. Hernandez is accused of the murder of Odin Lloyd in June 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez stands with his defense attorneys as he hears his verdict in his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, April 15, 2015. Hernandez, 25, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is convicted of fatally shooting semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's Massachusetts home in June 2013. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez sits during his murder trial at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Ted Fitzgerald/Pool
William Zane, of the Massachusetts state medical examiner's office, points to a mannequin while testifying about the location of bullet wounds in the body of Odin Lloyd during the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, April 2, 2015. Zane performed an autopsy on Lloyd's body. REUTERS/Steven Senne/Pool
Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez (L) listens as his attorneys confer during a hearing without the jury present in Hernandez' trial at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts April 1, 2015. Hernandez, 25, had a $41 million contract with the National Football League team but was dropped hours after his arrest in June, 2013 on murder and firearms charges in the death of Lloyd, who had been dating his fianc�'s sister. Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty, faces life in prison if convicted. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez (L) confers with attorney Charles Rankin during his murder trial in Fall River, Massachusetts, March 24, 2015. Hernandez is accused of the June 2013 killing of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd. REUTERS/Aram Boghosian/Pool
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Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke has approved a request by prosecutors to use photos of some of Hernandez's tattoos as evidence. Prosecutors argue that two tattoos depicting guns are references to the double murder as well as an alleged nonfatal shooting of a friend.

Hernandez's attorneys have indicated in court papers that they may call experts on use of marijuana in the National Football League and on the relationship between marijuana and violence. Hernandez's history of using marijuana and sometimes the stimulant PCP was detailed during his first trial.

Prosecutors contend that Cape Verde nationals Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado did not realize that one of them had brushed against Hernandez at the nightclub before he followed them outside and pursued them in a car before the fatal shootings.

See Hernandez's tattoos:

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New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is arraigned on charges of murder and weapons violations in Attleborough, Massachusetts, after being arrested, June 26, 2013. Hernandez, a 23-year-old rising football star with the New England Patriots, was arrested by police in a murder investigation and fired by the team on Wednesday, another blot on the National Football League's tightly protected image. REUTERS/Mike George/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT FOOTBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
The words "blood" and "sweat" are seen tattooed on the hands of former NFL New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, as he appears in court for a motion hearing in Attleborough, Massachusetts, August 30, 2013. Hernandez, accused of killing 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, will be arraigned September 6, in a Massachusetts Superior Court. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men drove Lloyd to an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez' house in North Attleborough on June 17 before shooting Lloyd five times, including twice while he lay on the ground. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT FOOTBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's arm and tattoos are shown during media day for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis January 31, 2012. The New York Giants will play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on February 5. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 27: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez after practice. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 1: Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez holds his head in his heavily tattooed hand as he does a phone interview. Both the Patriots and the Giants held media availabilities today. New England's was held at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel, while New York's was held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The New England Patriots will meet the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: A close up of Hernandez's tattoos. Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez at Attleboro District Court indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying of a Odin Lloyd, a Boston man whose bullet-riddled body was found in a North Attleborough industrial park in June. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty, is also charged with witness intimidation for shooting his friend Alexander Bradley in the face on a trip to Florida, after the man mentioned the murders. Prosecutors have said they plan to call Bradley, who lost an eye, as a witness to the killing of Abreu and Furtado.

Hernandez had a $41 million contract when he was arrested at his North Attleborough home in June 2013 and charged with murdering Odin Lloyd, an acquaintance. The team dropped him within hours of his arrest.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft testified at Hernandez's first trial, telling the jury that the athlete had professed his innocence and claimed to have been a nightclub at the time of the shooting.

The team's head coach, Bill Belichick, is listed as a potential defense witness for this trial. (Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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