Judge rejects Hernandez trial venue change

Updated: October 30, 2014, 4:00 PM ET

Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. — A Massachusetts judge has rejected a request from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move his trial in the fatal shooting of a semi-professional football player to a different county.

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AP Photo/Brian SnyderAaron Hernandez’s defense team had argued for a change of venue for their client’s murder trial in the Odin Lloyd case because media coverage had “poisoned” the jury pool in Bristol County.

Hernandez is charged in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée.

On Thursday, Hernandez’s lawyer told a judge that media coverage of the case has been sensational and has “poisoned” the jury pool in Bristol County against Hernandez.

Prosecutors, however, challenged the reliability of the poll. The judge said Hernandez’s lawyers have not shown that the Bristol County community’s prejudgment of the case is so substantial that picking impartial jurors would be impossible.

Hernandez, a former tight end for the Patriots, faces separate charges in Suffolk County in the 2012 killings of two Boston men.

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