Bristol County, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is facing murder charges, could face additional legal troubles after he was involved in a jail house altercation, according to Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson.
“I can confirm that there was an altercation between Mr. Hernandez and another inmate. The investigation is ongoing, there’s not much we can say other than that we are pursuing it,” Hodgson said.
“We are looking at tapes and doing interviews of anyone who may have been there. We’ll make a determination if any charges need to be brought,” added Hodgson.
Hodgson said part of their investigation will center on how Hernandez, who is isolated from other inmates in “special management” due to his status as a high-profile inmate, was able to access another inmate.
“In special management we only allow one person out at a time,” he said. “That will be part of our investigation.”
Hernandez and the inmate got into a fight in the late morning or early yesterday afternoon. He, however, did not mention what provoked the fight remains under investigation. Neither man required medical attention.
He said every assault inside the jail is taken seriously, and can prompt criminal charges. He said if charges are warranted, any suspect in the case would be arraigned at district court.
Hernandez is being held without bail after he indicted for murder and several firearms charges resulting from the June murder of Odin Lloyd, a minor league football player from Dorchester.
Lloyd was found shot to death in a North Attleboro industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’ home.