Report: Aaron Hernandez expected to be indicted Thursday

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

When former Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez enters a scheduled probable cause hearing in Massachusetts on Thursday, he's expected to be indicted, according to ABC News.

Sources told ABC news that prosecutors wanted an indictment before the hearing, because otherwise, Hernandez's lawyers will try to get Hernandez released.

Hernandez appeared in court about a month ago, and the prosecution was granted a 30-day continuance over the loud objections of Hernandez's lawyers, and as CBSSports.com's Ryan Wilson explained then, “One reason for a continuance: it would allow a grand jury to proceed with the investigation and pursue an indictment.”

Hernandez, meanwhile, has been in a solitary jail cell since he was charged with the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Hernandez also reportedly is being investigated by the grand jury for the deaths of two men in 2012.

If he's not indicted by the time of a probable cause hearing, Hernandez's lawyers could argue that prosecutors, based on their evidence, have no right to keep Hernandez in jail. But with an indictment, Hernandez would not get the chance to speak in court before a criminal trial.

"We'll be here in another month,” defense attorney Charles Rankin said after the last hearing, “and we'll be ready to go forward on Aug. 22, and at that time, we're confident Aaron will be exonerated.”

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