A Massachusetts judge may impose a formal gag order in the murder case against former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez after his attorneys accused the state of allowing leaks that jeopardize his right to a fair trial.
The defense said at a Fall River Superior Court hearing that the prosecution has allowed out-of-court statements about the case. They say Hernandez is entitled to a fair trial before a jury that hasn't been "poisoned" by prejudicial information.
Prosecutors deny the allegations and say no leaks have come from the investigative team.
The two sides agree in principle on a gag order, but the judge asked them both to submit specific proposals.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-professional football player.
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