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Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to shooting friend in face 05.21.15 at 10:32 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez returned to court Thursday and pleaded not guilty to a charge that he tried to silence a witness to a 2012 double murder by shooting him in the face.

Hernandez, in court for the first time since being convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013, sported a new tattoo on the right side of his neck — the word “Lifetime” above a star. As an inmate, Hernandez is not allowed to get a tattoo, and he is expected to face discipline for this transgression.

The former Patriots tight end reportedly was put in a segregation unit this week after serving as a lookout for an inmate who entered another prisoner’s cell in order to fight.

On his latest charge, Hernandez allegedly shot Alexander Bradley in the face as the two left a Florida nightclub in 2013. Bradley is believed to have been with Hernandez at a Boston nightclub on July 6, 2012, when Hernandez allegedly shot and killed two men shortly after leaving the club.

According to the prosecution, Bradley infuriated Hernandez by making a comment about the shooting while the two were in Florida in early 2013. Hernandez shot Bradley in the face while the two were in a car, resulting in Bradley losing his right eye. Bradley then was pushed out of the car and left on the side of the road as Hernandez drove away.

The prosecution asked that the witness intimidation case be combined with the murder charges in order to have the cases be tried together. The judge scheduled a hearing for June 4 to discuss that proposal and set a trial date.

In a separate hearing Thursday, Hernandez was hit with a 60-day extension of a restraining order batting him from selling his 2005 Hummer and keeping the money. The family of Odin Lloyd has sued Hernandez, and the family’s lawyers are trying to prevent Hernandez from hiding his assets. The car was found at a used car lot in Wrentham.

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Report: Aaron Hernandez involved in prison gang fight 05.20.15 at 1:23 pm ET
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According to a CNN report, Aaron Hernandez played a role in an apparent gang fight Monday at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, where the former Patriots tight end is being held after receiving a life sentence for murder.

CNN, crediting a law enforcement source, reports that Hernandez served as a lookout for a prisoner who went into another inmate’s cell and engaged in a fight. All three individuals are being disciplined, with Hernandez placed in a special management section of the prison.

Hernandez was convicted in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. He is due back in court Thursday for a status hearing related to his second trial, for a 2012 double-homicide in Boston.

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Aaron Hernandez defense team appeals murder conviction, claims it was based on ‘conjecture and guesswork’ 05.15.15 at 10:36 am ET
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Attorneys representing Aaron Hernandez filed an appeal of his murder conviction Friday in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River, insisting “no reasonable jury” could have found Hernandez guilty of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013.

The defense team cited insufficient evidence and said the verdict was based on “improper speculation, conjecture and guesswork.”

The former Patriots tight end was found guilty of first-degree murder and a host of other charges in April and received a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Under Massachusetts law, his conviction is automatically appealed.

Hernandez also will be tried for the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012. Earlier this week he was charged with shooting a man in the face in Florida, allegedly in an attempt to keep him quiet about the 2012 double-murder.

Also Friday, prosecutors dropped perjury charges against Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins.

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Aaron Hernandez indicted for shooting former friend in face 05.11.15 at 3:12 pm ET
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There are more charges against Aaron Hernandez.

According to the district attorney, Hernandez has been indicted under the the state’s witness intimidation statute for allegedly shooting a witness to the 2012 double homicide in Boston’s South End.

Hernandez allegedly shot the witness in the face on the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, and left him on the side of the road to die in Riviera Beach, Florida, after he made a remark about the homicide.

The charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

The DA is not permitted to name witnesses, but it’s known to be Alexander Bradley, a former friend of Hernandez.

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Aaron Hernandez moved to new maximum-security prison 04.23.15 at 10:10 am ET
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Aaron Hernandez didn’t spend much time at the prison in Walpole about a mile and a half from Gillette Stadium.

According to the Associated Press, Hernandez was moved Wednesday to the maximum-security Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. It houses more than 1,000 inmates.

Last week, Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life behind bars.

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Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater react to Aaron Hernandez verdict 04.21.15 at 2:54 pm ET
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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted of murder last week. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted of murder last week. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — It was just two years ago that Aaron Hernandez shared the same locker room and was a teammate of many of the current players on the Patriots roster.

They too had emotions when the former tight end was convicted of murder last week.

Special teams captain Matthew Slater said he’s praying for everyone involved, including Hernandez.

“I’€™ll say this: that’€™s a very tragic, sad situation, for so many different people, for so many different reasons,” Slater said. “You know, I just feel like we all should keep everybody involved and affected by that situation in our prayers and our thoughts, that’€™s really all I’€™ll say on that. My heart is broken on so many different levels for that, and I just pray for everyone that’€™s been affected by it.”

Like Slater, McCourty is thinking of both sides — Hernandez’s family, as well as Odin Lloyd’s.

“It was just saddening,” he said. “I think you’re talking about two lives that are gone. I think it’s like everyone else, you look at that whole thing it’s just a saddening event and everything that went on.”

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Ex-Patriot Brandon Spikes ‘confused about the justice system’ after Aaron Hernandez verdict 04.15.15 at 11:23 am ET
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Former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes apparently does not agree with the verdict in the Aaron Hernandez trial.

Spikes played with Hernandez at the University of Florida, and both were drafted by the Patriots in 2010 — Spikes in the second round and Hernandez in the fourth. Spikes now is preparing for his second season with the Bills after the Patriots elected not to re-sign him following the 2013 season.

Minutes after Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, Spikes tweeted: IM CONFUSED ABOUT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM THESE DAYS !!!

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