Bid for Hernandez’s jailhouse calls denied

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Jail house phone calls made between Aaron Hernandez and his family members were the focus of a pre-trial hearing for the former Patriots tight end in Fall River Superior Court Friday afternoon.

Judge Susan Garsh denied the prosecutions request, saying the motion needed to be in an affidavit. However, she said the motion could be refiled properly.

Prosecutors are seeking recordings of Hernandez’s jailhouse phone calls in which he allegedly communicated about the case in “coded messages” and discussed his belief about his criminal liability.

Prosecutors said they have already listened to some of the recordings and Judge Garsh ruled the prosecution must turn over any recordings they have to the defense by Monday.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murdering Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro last summer. The former New England Patriots star has been in prison for seven months while awaiting trial on murder and weapons charges.

Judge Garsh also denied a defense motion for a bill of particulars, in which prosecutors would have to explain who they allege the shooter was.

Prosecutors have said Hernandez was present at the murder scene, but wouldn’t elaborate.


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