Oct 13, 2015 5:32 PM
Aaron Hernandez attempts to delay start of double-murder trial
BOSTON, Mass. - Prosecutors and lawyers for former New England Patriots' player Aaron Hernandez are asking to delay the start of his double-murder trial.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffery Locke delayed the trial start from December 1st to January 19.
Tuesday's court session started with a 40-minute sidebar conversation with both parties and the judge before he sealed the courtroom to the public.
The judge said the issue relates to a search warrant being sought by prosecutors to examine physical evidence held by a third party.
Neither side would say what the evidence is. But a spokesman for prosecutors says the judge's decision is likely to be appealed no matter how he rules. He says that's why both sides are seeking to postpone the trial.
In January, the state's highest court that lawyers can't be forced to give up a client's cellphone because the client gave the phone to his lawyers when getting legal advice.
That ruling did not specifically identify the client but indications point to Hernandez.
Tuesday, a spokesperson for prosecutors said the judge's decision is likely to be appealed no matter how he rules.