Aaron Hernandez has brief hospital visit; wants jail transfer
Aaron Hernandez went to hospital over the weekend for a brief trip and his attorneys are also working to arrange a prison transfer.
The bizarre circumstances surrounding Aaron Hernandez's jailhouse stay continued over the weekend, with the former Patriots tight end leaving jail briefly for a visit to the hospital.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson confirmed to WBZ-TV in Boston that Hernandez left jail for a quick trip to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford.
Hodgson would not provide details as to why Hernandez left jail for the hospital but did confirm it was not because of an altercation or fight.
St. Luke's spokesman Peter Cohenno confirmed Hernandez was "treated and released" but didn't offer details either.
“He was treated and released. I can provide no further information," Cohenno told WBZ-TV via email.
Hodgson told WBZ the trip lasted about an hour and called the procedure and transport routine.
The news of Hernandez hospital trip comes on the heels of his request for a transfer from Bristol County, requesting to be closer to his attorneys.
“He needs to be held in a facility that does not require his counsel to drive from two, up to three to four hours round-trip each time they need to meet with him," a motion filed reads, via WBZ-TV.
The motion also alleges Sheriff Hodgson has a "conflict of interest" in the Hernandez case, because Hernandez is accused of threatening a guard inside the jail.
"The Sheriff clearly has an actual conflict of interest,” his attorneys claimed. “While charged with ensuring Hernandez’s safety and well-being as a pretrial detainee, the Sheriff is now Hernandez’s accused and alleged victim."
Hodgson called the claims "completely outrageous" in a statement to WBZ and said the jailhouse goes "to extra lengths" keeping Hernandez safe.
“We’ve gone to extra lengths to make sure since he’s a high profile person that he’s protected and he’s not put in vulnerable positions."
Thursday is the one-year anniversary of Hernandez's arrest -- a full timeline of the Hernandez saga can be read here -- and it doesn't feel like we're any closer to really knowing how this all will play out.
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