Former Gators Star Taken from Massachusetts Jail to Hospital
Former New England Patriots and Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez briefly left a Massachusetts jail Saturday and was taken to a local hospital, according to a Massachusetts sheriff.
Hernandez, 24, was taken from Bristol County jail in Dartmouth to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford for undisclosed reasons. The visit lasted approximately one hour, according to Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, who spoke to the Associated Press on Sunday.
The visit was first reported by WBZ-TV in Boston.
Due to medical privacy laws, Hodgson was unable to provide details on the nature of the visit. It comes just one day after Hernandez’s attorneys filed a transfer request, asking that Hernandez be moved to jail that is closer to Boston because his personal safety is being compromised.
The transfer request states that Hernandez has had difficulty meeting with his attorneys due to restrictions. It also states that his safety has been compromised after he allegedly threatened to kill a prison guard and the guard’s family, along with an altercation with a fellow inmate.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder charges involving the killings of two men, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. The two were shot and killed outside a night club in the Boston Theatre District in July of 2012.
He has also pleaded not guilty to the murder of Odin Lloyd, who was shot and killed nearly one year ago in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, not far from Hernandez’s home. Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée.
Hernandez’s attorneys have also asked the court to subpoena his medical records from the Patriots, saying that MRIs, CT scans, X-Rays, and drug and alcohol reports could provide further clues about his mental state prior to Lloyd’s death.
According to WBZ, the attorneys had previously requested the records but had not heard back from the team.
Hernandez is scheduled to appear in a Boston courtroom this week for the two drive-by killings.
A tentative trial date has been scheduled for October 6 in the Lloyd case.