Homicide

Hernandez lawyers to argue for moving Massachusetts murder trial to different county

FILE - Charles Rankin, lawyer for former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, stands before Judge Jeffrey Locke during a hearing at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, in this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo.  The lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez are set to go before a judge Thursday Oct. 30, 2014 to argue that his trial in the 2013 killing of a semiprofessional football player should be moved because of intense pretrial media coverage. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool, File)

FILE - Charles Rankin, lawyer for former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, stands before Judge Jeffrey Locke during a hearing at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, in this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo. The lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez are set to go before a judge Thursday Oct. 30, 2014 to argue that his trial in the 2013 killing of a semiprofessional football player should be moved because of intense pretrial media coverage. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez are set to go before a judge to argue that his trial in the 2013 killing of a semiprofessional football player should be moved because of intense pretrial media coverage.

A hearing is scheduled Thursday in Fall River Superior Court.

Hernandez's lawyers argued in a court filing that a "relentless avalanche of pretrial publicity" has had a "devastating effort" on the jury pool in the area of southeastern Massachusetts, where the killing took place.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, who'd been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Hernandez's lawyers have said a poll they commissioned found that 7 in 10 adults in Bristol County believe Hernandez is either definitely or probably guilty.

Prosecutors oppose the request.