In June 2013, Aaron Hernandez was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Over a year later, the former New England Patriots tight end is still awaiting trial.
It won’t be until 2015 that Hernandez goes on trial for the death of the semipro football player. Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh has announced that jury selection will begin on Jan. 9. Garsh has requested for 1,000 potential jurors to be named candidates for the trial. An initial date of Oct. 6 had been suggested, but the trial won’t start until three months later.
As Hernandez waits in prison, others connected to the case are looking to lessen their jail time. Hernandez’s cousin, Tanya Singleton, is currently on home confinement in Bristol, Connecticut, as she faces charges for criminal contempt and conspiracy. She plans to plead guilty to the contempt charge, which she received after refusing to testify before a grand jury last year.
Singleton initially pleaded not guilty, but is set to change her plea when she’s back in court on Aug. 12, according to reports. A year ago, she was offered immunity and asked to testify, but refused.
According to Singleton’s lawyer, the 38-year-old is suffering from cancer, and being in prison would shorten her life span. A one-year prison sentence has been requested, asking that Singleton’s 196 days already served behind bars are taken into consideration. Singleton posted bail last winter.
Garsh has asked that prosecutors prove that Singleton will receive proper medical care in prison. Other than the contempt charge, Hernandez’s cousin has been accused of helping Ernest Wallace make it to Florida, following Lloyd’s death. Wallace is one of two men who was allegedly with Hernandez on the night that Lloyd died.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Lloyd. His alleged accomplices, Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, have both been charged with murder in connection to the incident.