News

Ex-NFL star Hernandez charged in prison fight

Ex-NFL star Hernandez charged in prison fight

MORE CHARGES: Aaron Hernandez faces charges in connection with an alleged prison fight. Photo: Associated Press

By Richard Valdmanis

BOSTON (Reuters) – Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez was charged on Thursday with assaulting and threatening another inmate while in a Massachusetts prison awaiting his murder trial.

Hernandez, who played tight end for the New England Patriots, was jailed in June after being accused of gunning down another man in an industrial park near his house.

A grand jury in Bristol County indicted Hernandez on Thursday on charges of assault and battery and threats to do bodily harm stemming from an incident at the Bristol County House of Corrections in February, according to the district attorney’s office.

Hernandez is accused of repeatedly punching fellow inmate Andrew Booker after the two got into an argument in a hallway of the prison, Booker’s attorney said in March. Hernandez’s attorney was not immediately available to comment.

Hernandez had been a rising star in the NFL before police arrested him at his South Attleboro mansion in June for the shooting death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has denied the charges.

The New England Patriots released him from the team hours after his arrest. Hernandez is also being investigated for links to a 2012 double-murder in Boston, the Boston Globe has reported citing law enforcement sources.

(Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Recent Headlines

in National

TSA vows to close security gaps at U.S. airports

tsa

The new leader of the Transportation Security Administration said his top priority would be to close security gaps after an internal report showed 96 percent of undercover tests failed.

in Local

Cosby Accuser Discredits His Claims of Reading Sexual Cues

Bill Cosby

A lawyer says her client Andrea Constand is gay and was dating a woman when Cosby made his advances

in Local

Florence Man Pleads Not Guilty to Setting House Fire

northampton fire truck

Peter Zygmont, of Northampton, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court to arson of a dwelling

in Local

Fugitive Turns Himself In After Charlemont Search

news-polic

A man wanted in a weekend hit-and-run on Cape Cod has turned himself in after a search in Charlemont

in Local

Northampton Rape Suspect’s Bail To Stay The Same

handcuffs

An accused Northampton rapist will remain in jail on ten-thousand dollars bail