Ex-NFL star Hernandez due in court on witness intimidation charge

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Posted: May 21, 2015 7:01 AM

BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted murderer and former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez is due in court on Thursday to face charges that he shot a man prosecutors believe witnessed a double homicide of which Hernandez is also accused.

Hernandez was sentenced last month to life in prison for the June 2013 murder of an acquaintance, Odin Lloyd, whose body was found in a North Attleborough, Massachusetts, industrial park not far from the former New England Patriots tight end's home.

He is due back in court in Boston on Thursday to face charges of witness intimidation for a February 2013 incident in which he is accused of shooting a former friend in the face in Florida. Prosecutors contend the man knew about a 2012 double murder Hernandez is charged with committing outside a Boston nightclub.

Hernandez, 25, is awaiting trial on the double-murder charge.

While prosecutors have not identified the man involved in the non-fatal shooting, details of the incident match a civil suit filed by Alexander Bradley, a former friend who alleges that Hernandez shot him, costing him an eye.

Bradley testified during Hernandez's trial in Fall River, Massachusetts, over the killing of Lloyd.

Hernandez had been a rising star in the NFL with a $41 million contract when he was arrested in June 2013 and charged with Lloyd's murder. The Patriots cut him within hours of his arrest.

Additional charges on the 2012 double murder followed in May 2014.

Media reports this week quoted a law enforcement source as saying Hernandez faced disciplinary action for allegedly serving as a lookout during a fight at a Massachusetts prison.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Peter Cooney)