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Patriots Coach Bill Belichick named as possible witness at Aaron Hernandez murder trial

New England Coach Bill Belichick, shown the day after the Patriots won Super Bowl LI, could be called to testify at the double murder trial of former player Aaron Hernandez.
(Larry W. Smith / European Pressphoto Agency)

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been added to a list of people who could be called to testify at the double murder trial of former player Aaron Hernandez.

Belichick’s name appeared on a list of possible witnesses filed Tuesday by Hernandez’s defense.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had previously been named as a possible witness.

Hernandez is charged with the drive-by slayings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston in 2012. Prosecutors say Hernandez shot the men after one spilled a drink on him at a club.

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Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

Jury selection is underway, and opening statements are scheduled for March 1. Hernandez, who grew up in Connecticut, is serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.


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