Judge agrees to delay Aaron Hernandez double murder trial

Aaron Hernandez
FILE- In this April 2, 2015, file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez reacts in court in Fall River, Mass. Lawyers for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will ask a judge to dismiss murder charges against Hernandez in a double slaying. A hearing is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool, File)

BOSTON (AP) – A judge has agreed to delay the double murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez by seven weeks.

The trial in the 2012 killings of two Boston men was scheduled to begin Dec. 1. But a judge on Tuesday agreed to move it to Jan. 19.

Prosecutors are seeking evidence held by a law firm that previously represented Hernandez.

No one would say what that evidence is. But the judge did say it relates to a defendant’s right to seek confidential legal advice from a lawyer.

In January, the state’s highest court ruled that lawyers cannot be forced to turn over a client’s cellphone because the client gave the phone to his lawyers while seeking legal advice. The ruling didn’t identify the client, but The Boston Globe reported it was Hernandez.

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