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Aaron Hernandez’s double-murder trial scheduled for May

06.25.14 at 9:16 am ET
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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Tuesday was tentatively scheduled by a judge to go on trial in May for the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after a nightclub encounter in Boston. The trial is set to begin May 28.

Hernandez’s lawyers asked Judge Jeffrey Locke to issue a gag order prohibiting anyone involved in the case to comment outside the court because of the intense media coverage of the murder case.

Attorney James Sultan said during the hearing in Suffolk Superior Court that the defense is concerned Hernandez won’t receive a fair trial because of the widespread media coverage of his indictment in the double-murder as well as the other murder case against Hernandez in the 2013 death of Odin Lloyd. The trial on Lloyd’s death is set to begin in October.

“I think it’s incumbent upon all of us … to do whatever we can to safeguard Mr. Hernandez’s constitutional right to a fair trial and a jury that has not been poisoned by unfairly prejudicial pretrial publicity,” Sultan said.

Prosecutors opposed the request, calling it “unreasonable” and “unwarranted.”

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