Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez entered a plea of “not guilty” on Friday, September 6 when he was arraigned on a murder charge in Fall River’s Bristol Superior Court. The ensuing legal battle is expected to be an intense one, as jurors hear testimony in the state’s case that alleges Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd in early summer. The twenty-three year old spoke for himself while entering his plea. Although his attorneys have agreed for Hernandez to be held without bail for now, CBS Boston explains that the defense team has reserved the right to ask for bail at a later date. Hernandez is next scheduled to appear in court on October 9 for a pre-trial conference.
Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury in Massachusetts last month for the fatal shooting of Lloyd, who was also a semi-pro football player. The twenty-seven year old Lloyd had been dating the sister of the Hernandez’s girlfriend. Lloyd’s girlfriend sat with the victims’ family at the arraignment, while her sister, Hernandez’s girlfriend sat on the opposite side of the courtroom with the mother of the accused. There were also five other gun charges alleged in the indictment.
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According to Boston defense attorney Stephen J Weymouth, it could take from 18 months to 2 years for the case to actually go to trial. During this time period, the prosecutors will be expected to hand over all of their evidence to the defense. The defense may in turn try to get as much of that evidence as possible excluded from the trial. In order to do so, they would need constitutional backing or witnesses who could dispute the claims of the prosecutors. Because of this, it is important to hire a good criminal lawyer as soon as possible if you have been accused of a crime. Weymouth does feel that Hernandez’s status as a millionaire will give him more financial freedom than he would have with a court-appointed attorney.
Cases such as this are prime examples of the reason it so important for those accused of heavy crimes in Massachusetts to look for a good Revere lawyer. Although a court-appointed attorney may do his or her best to defend their client in a court room, one needs the best when their life and livelihood is at stake. If you or someone you love has found themselves in need of a good Revere Criminal Lawyer, give Deborah Gold-Alexander a call today so she can get right to work on your case.