Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will be moving to a new jail Wedneday after a judge presiding over his case approved the transfer request. The defense asked for the transfer, citing the need to be closer to Hernandez as the Odin Lloyd murder trial continues.
Hernandez will be moved from the Bristol County House of Corrections in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to either the Suffolk County Jail or the South Bay House of Correction. Both facilities are located in Boston. Hernadez’s lawyers didn’t want to keep making what was an 80 minute drive south of the city.
Hernandez allegedly murdered the 27-year-old Lloyd back in June of 2013. He’s also facing additional murder charges stemming from a Boston double-murder. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Judge Susan Garsh approved the move, but did say Hernandez would be brought back to the Bristol County House of Corrections if the Lloyd case ultimately goes to trial. The trial is tentatively slated to begin on October 6.
Garsh says she doen’t expect expect the trial to begin on time as she anticipates both the defense and prosecution to file several additional motions.
The next hearing in regards to this case will be held on August 11.