Aaron Hernandez’s Murder Trial Set To Start In Early January

Hernandez and his attorney Charles Rankin in Bristol County Superior Court Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Fall River, Mass.

Hernandez and his attorney Charles Rankin in Bristol County Superior Court Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Fall River, Mass.  (ap)

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez’s  murder trial is set to start in early January, one of his lawyers said Tuesday.

Jury selection would begin on Jan. 9., first step in the legal process that will determine the athlete’s responsibility in the shooting death of Odin L. Lloyd in 2013. 

Judge Susan Garsh said jurors would be selected from a pool of 1,000 people brought in over several days.

Also on Tuesday, Hernandez's lawyer Michael Fee said that a dispute over records the defense had sought from the New England Patriots has been resolved, though it's unclear whether the documents were turned over.

That prompted the cancellation of a separate hearing before a different judge that was scheduled for the afternoon.

The Patriots had agreed to turn over 317 pages of personnel records sought by the defense, including medical and training records. But the team objected to producing nine pages of scouting reports and a 1½ page summary of a psychological assessment produced by an outside company.

Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial area not far from Hernandez's North Attleborough, Massachusetts, home.

The New England Patriots released Hernandez on the day of his arrest.

The defense had called Hernandez's full team records necessary to prepare for trial, and said they may contain critical information about the former player's state of mind.

The Patriots' attorney, Andrew Phelan, meanwhile, had accused Hernandez's attorneys of being on a "fishing expedition." He said the scouting reports contained trade secrets and were irrelevant to the case. He also said the Patriots had offered the defense the option of reviewing, but not copying, the psychological assessment summary.

The team wanted the defense to get the assessment from the company that wrote it, which provides character and mental assessments to professional sports organizations.

Hernandez, who is from Bristol, Connecticut, has pleaded not guilty, in a separate case, to the murder of two men in Boston in 2012. He's being held without bail.

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