As his former coach talked publicly about him for the first time, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez appeared in an Attleboro, Mass., court this afternoon for a probable cause hearing.
Hernandez, appearing in court for the first time since June 28, wore a black suit and was handcuffed. He did not speak during the brief hearing, in which prosecutors were granted a 30-day continuance. Assistant District Attorney William McCauley sought the continuance in order to allow a grand jury to indict Hernandez in the June 17 murder of semipro football player Odin Lloyd. That allows prosecutors to keep more of their case under wraps.
Although Jamie Sultan, Hernandez’s attorney, wanted the hearing to proceed because “Mr. Hernandez sits in a solitary cell,” Judge Daniel O’Shea said a 30-day postponement was neither unusual nor a hardship.
Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty, has his next hearing Aug.22.
Meanwhile, another grand jury is considering a possible link between Hernandez and a July 2012 double homicide.