FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A Massachusetts judge says a lawyer for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can't question under oath an anonymous tipster who raised concerns about a juror in the murder case.
Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled Monday that such a step is premature.
Defense attorney James Sultan says the tipster called him several times about a juror after Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.
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Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Prosecutors say the woman had a sexually explicit relationship with Hernandez while he was behind bars.
Garsh says if Sultan wants to question her under oath, he first has to submit an affidavit from her.