Aaron Hernandez back in court

Updated: July 24, 2013, 2:56 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is due back in an Attleboro, Mass., court at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday for a probable cause hearing in the murder case against him in the death last month of Odin Lloyd.

However, if the prosecution files for a continuance -- which it might do so it doesn't have to present all of its evidence -- the hearing won't take place Wednesday. Instead, the prosecution may look for an indictment from the grand jury at a later date.

In addition to Wednesday's hearing, The Boston Globe reports that prosecutors continue to look at Hernandez's possible involvement in a double homicide in Boston a year ago.

With a Suffolk County grand jury probing the shooting deaths of two Cape Verdean immigrants in their car on July 16, 2012, a law enforcement official tells The Globe, "The case against Hernandez appears to be strengthening."

Boston police made a possible connection between Hernandez and the double homicide after he came under scrutiny in the June 17 killing of Lloyd.

Hernandez, who pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the Lloyd case, is being held without bail at the Bristol County House of Correction.

Two alleged accomplices in the Lloyd case, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, also are in police custody.

At the same hour Wednesday's court hearing is taking place, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is scheduled to meet with reporters at Gillette Stadium for the first time since Hernandez's arrest.

Meanwhile, a judge unsealed three of four Connecticut search warrants from the investigation into Lloyd's death. The warrants were used to search Hernandez's uncle's home, an apartment and a rental car police say was used by Wallace and Ortiz the day after the shooting.

The items seized from the home last month include Correction Department documents linked to Ortiz and Wallace, a plastic gun box and two boxes of .38-caliber ammunition.

Police say Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber gun.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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