The defense team of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez filed a request Friday asking their client be transferred from his current prison location. Lawyers say Hernandez’s safety is compromised and their is a need to improve the communication process with him.
His lawyers requested the transfer, arguing because Hernandez is facing three murder charges in two separate courthouses, there is a vital need to be closer to him.
Hernandez is currently locked up in Bristol County Jail. He and his lawyers have been traveling back-and-forth to Suffolk Superior Court and Fall River’s Superior Court.
Lawyers Michael Fee and James Sultan voiced complaint against the “bizarre and unprecedented” hurdles Hernandez has faced when trying to communicate with them.
They also directed attention to jailhouse administrator, Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson.
They say Hodgson has violated both Hernandez’s privacy rights and process rights. According to Fee and James, the prosecution has failed to safely detain Hernandez while he awaits trial.
They say Hernandez’s safety is at risk and that it has been since an incident in which their client threatened harm toward a prison guard during an altercation with an inmate.
Hodgson responded to the claims saying, Hernandez has had no issue with the guards. He also denied allegations put forth by the defense team that claim calls and meetings with Hernandez are being monitored at the jail.
The judge presiding over the matter has yet to issue a response to the request. Hernandez is due back in court next week.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all three murder charges he currently faces.