Jury seated in Aaron Hernandez case, opening statements scheduled

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A jury has been seated for the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh on Monday seated a jury of 13 women and five men after more than two weeks of jury selection. They were chosen from a pool of 53 potential jurors who made it through screening for biases and hardships.

Garsh says six of the 18 jurors will be randomly selected as alternates just before deliberations start.

Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd of Boston in June 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

He has pleaded not guilty.

The judge says because of the blizzard approaching the region, opening statements are scheduled for Thursday, though they could be postponed further because of the weather.

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