Aaron Hernandez Hires New Legal Representation: Latest Details and Comments

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2016

FILE - In this Thursday, April 9, 2015, file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, right, sits with defense attorney Charles Rankin, left, before the jury began deliberations in his murder trial in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. The story was a top news item in Massachusetts in 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool, File)
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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez hired Jose Baez as part of his legal team ahead of his double-murder trial.

ESPN's Michele Steele provided a statement from Baez:

Baez once represented Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty in 2011 in the death of her two-year-old daughter.

In April 2015, a Massachusetts jury found Hernandez guilty of first-degree murder following the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. The verdict carried a mandatory life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole. As part of the conviction, Hernandez was granted an appeal, and in July 2015, a judge upheld the verdict.

The 26-year-old is also facing double-murder charges. Prosecutors allege Hernandez shot and killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 16, 2012. Hernandez pleaded not guilty.

In December, a Suffolk County, Massachusetts, judge postponed the trial on the request of defense attorneys and prosecutors, and a new trial date has yet to be set.

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