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New trial date ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez's 2nd case expected this week

Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, center, sits with defense attorney Charles Rankin, left, while attending a pre-trial hearing at Suffolk Superior Court, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Boston. Hernandez is charged with killing two Boston men in 2012 after a chance encounter at a nightclub. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, center, sits with defense attorney Charles Rankin, left, while attending a pre-trial hearing at Suffolk Superior Court, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Boston. Hernandez is charged with killing two Boston men in 2012 after a chance encounter at a nightclub. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

A Massachusetts judge is expected this week to set a new trial date for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2012 killing of two Boston men.

Hernandez is accused of gunning down the men after a chance encounter at a Boston nightclub. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection was scheduled to begin this month in Suffolk Superior Court, but the judge agreed to delay the trial, citing a pending appeal over evidence.

A new trial date is expected to be set Tuesday during a pretrial conference.

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence after being convicted last year in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of his fiancee.

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