What to expect from Hernandez hearing

July, 24, 2013
7/24/13
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Speaking in front of the Attleboro, Mass., district courthouse, ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack breaks down what will likely happen at Aaron Hernandez's probable cause hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

“I think the prosecution is going to come to court today and ask for a continuance until the grand jury returns its indictment," Cossack said. "It’s better for the prosecution that way because they don’t have to put witnesses on, they don’t have to say what’s in their case, and prosecutors always like it when they can do that.”

In addition to Wednesday's hearing, The Boston Globe reports that prosecutors continue to look at Hernandez in a double homicide in Boston a year ago. Cossack was asked what impact that will have on the murder charge he is already facing.

“We don’t know exactly how he is suspected, whether he is a perpetrator of that case, but we do know that, at least the report is, that a grand jury is investigating his participation in a 2012 double homicide,” Cossack said. “Of course that has to have an impact on this case, if nothing more than prospective juries, if nothing more than the pretrial publicity, it puts intense pressure on him.

“If in fact they have evidence on him in not only one murder but three murders, it’s going to put a great deal of pressure on him as well as his lawyers to see if they can come to some kind of a plea agreement, which may be impossible.”

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