Aaron Hernandez to be Arraigned Wednesday on Double Murder Charges

 

Jun 26, 2013; North Attleborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots former tight end Aaron Hernandez (left) stands with his attorney Michael Fee as he is arraigned in Attleboro District Court. Hernandez is charged with first degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. Mandatory Credit: The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports USA TODAY Sports)
Jun 26, 2013; North Attleborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots former tight end Aaron Hernandez (left) stands with his attorney Michael Fee as he is arraigned in Attleboro District Court. Hernandez is charged with first degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. Mandatory Credit: The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports
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Another step in what is expected to be long and involved court proceedings against former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez will take place Wednesday afternoon in Courtroom 906 of the Suffolk County (Mass.) Court House. Hernandez will be arraigned on two counts of first degree murder in the drive-by shooting deaths of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu in Boston in July 2012.

He will also be arraigned on three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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Hernandez is currently being held in the Bristol County Jail awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charges for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013.

Hernandez, a former Pro Bowl tight end for the Patriots, who signed a 40 million dollar extension on his contract with New England, which included a $12.5 million signing bonus in August 2012, has been held without bail since his arrest on June 26, 2013 for the murder of Lloyd.

But that case was put on hold when police implicated Hernandez in the drive-by shooting of Furtado and de Abreu outside of a Boston night club last summer.

A grand jury indicted Hernandez for the double homicide May 15.

The arraignment on Wednesday should be brief with the charges being, read, Hernandez entering a plea and a potential trial date set.

After that the focus should switch back to the case involving Lloyd since that trial is expected to be held first.

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Source: USA Today | Mark Blaudschun

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