Aaron Hernandez Lawyers Fear Media 'Poisoned' Jury Pool


Jenkins is also facing criminal charges in the Lloyd case. She was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to perjury charges. Prosecutors said Jenkins lied to the grand jury more than a dozen times about weapons recovered in the home she shared with Hernandez and their toddler daughter.

After his arrest in June, the Patriots released Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Two Hernandez associates charged as accessories in the murder case, Ernest Wallace, 41, and Carlos Ortiz, 27, have also pleaded not guilty.

Lloyd's family and friends has attended every hearing connected to the case wearing buttons emblazoned with the slain victim's face. Lloyd's mother was escorted from the courtroom today crying after she spotted a row of Hernandez supporters -- some wearing Patriots jerseys with his old number 81. They were sporting identical buttons -- with a picture of the former Patriots player.

Garsh ruled that she wanted more arguments on the gag order from both sides before Hernandez's next expected court appearance on Feb. 5. When the proceeding was over, the Hernandez supporters gave his mother and Jenkins pins of their own.

Before being led out in handcuffs, Hernandez again mouthed "I love you" to the women. His mother responded "Merry Christmas."

Outside the court, when asked whether she was upset that Hernandez would not be home for Christmas, she nodded vigorously and began to cry.

But Hernandez's legal problems may only be mounting, law enforcement officials said.

Investigators have called Hernandez a suspect in an unsolved July 2012 triple shooting in Boston's South End that left two men dead and the third wounded. Investigators are currently presenting evidence to a Suffolk County grand jury in connection with that shooting, according to testimony in open court.

Hernandez and his attorneys have not commented on those allegations.

A Massachusetts judge last week put a lien on the Hernandez home, estimated at $1.25 million, after a wrongful death civil lawsuit was filed against him by the family of Odin Lloyd. The suit alleges that Hernandez "maliciously, willfully, wantonly, recklessly or by gross negligence caused Odin Lloyd to suffer personal injuries." That suit seeks unspecified damages.

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