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Jury Selection In Aaron Hernandez Double Murder Trial Begins

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom during a hearing on defense motions in advance of jury selection in his trial for the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. (Stephan Savoia/AP)
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom during a hearing on defense motions in advance of jury selection in his trial for the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. (Stephan Savoia/AP)
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Jury selection has begun in ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez's second murder trial.

The former New England Patriots tight end already is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Hernandez is being tried in the slayings of two other men — Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were both fatally shot in 2012 after they left a nightclub in Boston's South End neighborhood.

Prosecutors allege that Hernandez was the gunman and went after the pair after one of the men spilled a drink on him at the club.

A jury for the latest trial will begin being assembled on Tuesday. Opening statements are scheduled to start March 1. The judge gave lawyers for Hernandez the extra time to prepare.

With additional reporting by the WBUR Newsroom

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