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Sheriff seeks to press charges against Hernandez for jail fight

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, right, speaks to his attorney Charles Rankin during a hearing at Bristol Superior Court, Feb. 7, 2014, in Fall River, Mass. AP

DARTMOUTH, Mass. - A Massachusetts sheriff is seeking a criminal complaint against former NFL star Aaron Hernandez after a recent jail scuffle with another inmate.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told Boston's WHDH-TV Thursday the paperwork has been filed in district court. Hodgson said he finished his investigation on Thursday, according to CBS Boston. A clerk magistrate will decide whether there is enough evidence to press criminal charges against Hernandez.

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Hodgson said last week neither inmate required medical attention after the Feb. 25 fight in the Bristol House of Correction. Hernandez is held there without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the 2013 death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a Boston man dating Hernandez's fiancee's sister.

"We understand that an application for criminal complaint has been filed by the sheriff's department," a spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney's office said in a statement, reported by CBS Boston. "We are looking into it. Due to the superior court judge's order, we won't have any further comment on it."

Hodgson's spokesman and Hernandez's attorney didn't return messages Thursday night.

  • Crimesider Staff

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