In the strange new world Aaron Hernandez finds himself in, Thursday could prove to be a game-changer for the former New England Patriots tight end.
Nearly two months after he was released by the Patriots following his arrest in connection with the murder of one-time semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, Hernandez is expected to get his probable cause hearing in regards to the case today, according to multiple news sources.
Last month, the hearing was delayed 30 days, much to the ire of defense attorneys who wanted to face the murder allegations immediately in a court of law. Hernandez’s lawyers slammed the defense for requesting the delay, claiming they made a “dramatic presenation” of the case against their client and then forced him to sit in a solitary cell (Hernandez has been held without bail) and haven’t allowed him to respond to the charges.
However, tomorrow could also bring a surprise from the prosecution – they could present an indictment against Hernandez from one of two grand juries looking into his role in Odin’s murder and another shooting he’s been linked to, a 2012 drive-by double homicide outside a nightclub.
Prosecutors continue to maintain that Hernandez was the architect of Odin’s death after accusing him of being untrustworthy within his inner circle. The two were spotted leaving a club outside Boston just hours before Odin was murdered and his body was found in a field not far from Hernandez’s North Attelboro, Mass. home.
So, in a nutshell, tomorrow matters because if an indictment is handed down, it would effectively end the probable cause hearing and Hernandez won’t be able to present his side of the case until his criminal trial.
If there is no indictment, Hernandez can argue the prosecution has no right to hold him for trial on murder charges and a judge can either rule there is a reason to hold him or dismiss the murder and gun charges he faces.
Game changing day indeed.