Judge could set date in Aaron Hernandez Boston murder trial

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez are due in court in Boston, where a judge could set a date for his double murder trial.

Hernandez isn’t expected to attend Thursday’s hearing. He is serving life in prison without parole after being convicted of killing an acquaintance in 2013.

In Boston, Hernandez is accused of killing two men over a spilled drink at a nightclub in 2012.

He’s also accused of shooting a witness to the killings in the face, leaving him for dead.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

In court papers unsealed Wednesday, Hernandez’s lawyer says he wants an inquiry into what he says is a juror’s “exposure to significant extraneous matter” related to the 2013 shooting. A hearing is set for next week.