Lawyers for ex-Patriot Hernandez argue for moving murder trial, citing 'poisoned' jury pool

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FILE - Charles Rankin, lawyer for former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, stands before Judge Jeffrey Locke during a hearing at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, in this Oct. 21, 2014 file photo. The lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez are set to go before a judge Thursday Oct. 30, 2014 to argue that his trial in the 2013 killing of a semiprofessional football player should be moved because of intense pretrial media coverage. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool, File)


FALL RIVER, Massachusetts — A lawyer for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has urged a judge to move Hernandez's trial in the killing of a semi-professional football player to a different Massachusetts county.

Hernandez is charged in the 2013 fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiance.

On Thursday, Hernandez's lawyer told a judge that media coverage of the case has been sensational and has "poisoned" the jury pool in Bristol County against Hernandez. He cited two defense-commissioned public opinion polls in which more than half the respondents said they believe Hernandez is definitely or probably guilty in Lloyd's killing.

Prosecutors are expected to argue against the change of venue later Thursday.

Hernandez, a former tight end for the Patriots, faces separate charges in Suffolk County in the 2012 killings of two Boston men.

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