Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is challenging evidence in the Odin Lloyd murder case, per multiple reports.
The Boston Globe's Peter Schworm probed deeper into the matter in his June 16 article:
"Lawyers for accused murderer Aaron Hernandez denounced the case against the former New England Patriots star Monday, dismissing the evidence against him as 'woefully lacking.'
"'You can't just throw a bunch of stuff against the wall,' said James Sultan, a defense lawyer for Hernandez. That's not probable cause.'
"At a lengthy hearing in Bristol Superior Court, Sultan argued that the murder charges against Hernandez in the June 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd should be dropped, asserting that the prosecution had not established a motive for the killing.
"Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-professional football player, was found shot to death in an industrial park near Hernandez's North Attleboro home.
"But prosecutors said the evidence against Hernandez was 'powerful,' and then a flurry of phone calls and text messages to associates revealed an orchestrated plan to end Lloyd's life.
"'The evidence would suggest presence, knowledge, and intent to see this thing through,' said prosecutor William McCauley. 'He was at the scene, carrying out the plan that he had set into action.'
"Hernandez showed little emotion during the hearing. Lloyd's family, who sat in the front row of the courtroom, dabbed away tears on several occasions.
"The judge, E. Susan Garsh, did not make an immediate ruling.
"Hernandez, 24, also faces charges in a 2012 double slaying in Boston. Authorities say Hernandez killed two Cape Verdean immigrants after one bumped into him at a Theatre District nightclub, causing him to spill his drink.
"Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the three slayings."
According to Boston.com's Doug Saffir, Hernandez's trial for the Odin Lloyd murder is slated for Oct. 6:
"A Bristol Superior Court Judge ruled that the Aaron Hernandez trial tied to the alleged murder of Odin Lloyd will begin this fall.
"After taking under advisement defense motions on dismissing that murder charge and suppressing video evidence obtained by the prosecution, Judge Susan Garsh ruled that both sides should expect to start a trial on Oct. 6, according to tweets from WPRI reporter Chantee Lans and Managing Editor of Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly David Frank, who were both covering today's hearing.
"The ruling came on a day when lawyers for the former New England Patriots tight end filed a motion to dismiss the murder charge against their client after they clai prosecutors have not been able to show probable cause."
Hernandez played for the Patriots from 2010-2012, amassing 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns on 175 receptions, per ESPN stats.