CBS Boston reports Hernandez, who is being held without bail on a charge of first-degree murder in the June 17 death of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, was moved to a new cell block Monday where he will have no contact with other inmates. He had spent the previous five days in a medical unit cell.
"He's high-profile," Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson told the station, and "anybody with a high-profile, we're very careful with. There are people in the prison who would like to make a name for themselves."
In Hernandez's new cell block, he is allowed one hour of recreation outside, one hour for showers and phone calls and another hour for recreation inside the unit's general area, according to the Fall River Herald News.
"He's being treated as any other prisoner, no better, no worse," Hodgson told CBS Boston. "All of the people that are in the unit that he's in are all in single cells, no inmates are allowed out with any other inmate."
Hernandez is reportedly allowed five visitors a week, not including his attorneys, but only after they are screened by the Sheriff. According to the Herald News, one of Hernandez's requested visitors has already been cleared to visit.
"He seems to be acclimating very well. He doesn't seem to be nervous," Hodgson told the paper.
Hodgson told the paper that the jail's Gang Intelligence Unit has already assessed Hernandez for any past or current gang affiliations. This process reportedly included photographing Hernandez's tattoos and interviewing him. Hodgson said although Hernandez has indicated he has no gang ties, authorities are being vigilant. Overall, he says the ex-NFL star has proved to be a model inmate, the paper reports.
Hernandez was arrested and charged June 26, nine days after the 27-year-old Lloyd, of Dorchester, was found shot to death in a North Attleborough industrial park. Family members said the two were friends who met after Lloyd began dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée about two years ago. Prosecutors said the only information they are prepared to release at this time in regards to a motive is that they believe Hernandez was upset with Lloyd over speaking to certain individuals at a nightclub in Boston.
The New England Patriots immediately released Hernandez following his arrest. He has pleaded not guilty and could face life in prison if convicted.
Two other men, 41-year-old Ernest Wallace and 27-year-old Carlos Ortiz, are also in custody in connection with the murder of Lloyd. Prosecutors say all three were in a car with the victim shortly before his death. Wallace is charged with accessory after the fact of murder and Ortiz is charged with illegally carrying a gun.Complete coverage of Aaron Hernandez on Crimesider