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Aaron Hernandez murder trial to begin in January

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Jury selection in former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's trial for the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd is scheduled to begin on Jan. 9.

Judge Susan Garsh set the date during a proceeding Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court which dealt with scheduling issues. Garsh said jurors would be selected from a pool of 1,000 people brought in over several days.

Also Tuesday, Hernandez attorney Michael Fee said a dispute over records that the defense had sought from the New England Patriots has been resolved. It's unclear whether the documents were turned over.

Defense attorneys declined to comment outside court. The Patriots' attorney, Andrew Phelan, referred questions to team spokesman Stacey James, who said the team had no comment.

The Patriots had agreed to turn over 317 pages of personnel records sought by the defense, including medical and training records. But the team objected to producing nine pages of scouting reports and a 1 1/2 page summary of a psychological assessment produced by an outside company.

Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial area not far from Hernandez's North Attleborough, Massachusetts, home.

The team released Hernandez on the day of his arrest.

The defense had called Hernandez's full team records necessary to prepare for trial, and said they may contain critical information about the former player's state of mind.

Phelan, meanwhile, had accused Hernandez's attorneys of being on a "fishing expedition." He said the scouting reports contained trade secrets and were irrelevant to the case. He also said the Patriots had offered the defense the option of reviewing, but not copying, the psychological assessment summary.

The team wanted the defense to get the assessment from the company that wrote it, which provides character and mental assessments to professional sports organizations.

Hernandez, who is from Bristol, Connecticut, has pleaded not guilty, in a separate case, to the murder of two men in Boston in 2012. He's being held without bail.

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