Aaron Hernandez leaves jail for brief visit to hospital
|06.23.14 at 8:55 am ET|
Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken to a local hospital for a confidential medical issue over the weekend, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Sunday.
Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in connection with the deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in the South End in 2012 and the slaying of Odin Lloyd in 2013, was taken from his cell in Bristol County jail in Dartmouth to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford Saturday.
Hernandez was not there for long, returning to Bristol County jail about an hour after he left. Hodgson could not reveal the reason for Hernandez’s hospital visit, citing medical privacy laws.
Hernandez’s trip to the hospital came just a day after his lawyers, Michael Fee and James Sultan, announced in a transfer request that their client should be moved to another prison closer to Boston because communication between both parties as well as Hernandez’s well being are at risk at Bristol County.
Fee and Sultan said that Hernandez has dealt with “bizarre and unprecedented” issues during his attempts to communicate with then, as the former Pro Bowler cannot talk in private on the phone and can only meet with his lawyers in a specifically designated room at Bristol County.
Hernandez’s lawyers added that they believe Hernandez’s life is at risk after he faced charges for allegedly threatening to kill a prison guard and his family, as well as an alleged jail brawl with a fellow inmate. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to these charges.