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Aaron Hernandez case: Hernandez, attorney probed for potential conflict of interest

Aaron Hernandez took the stand Wednesday afternoon in a pre-trial hearing in his murder case.
Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Oct. 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM   |   Comments

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Oct. 9 (UPI) -- In a pre-trial hearing Wednesday afternoon, Aaron Hernandez took the stand so the judge could ask him about a potential conflict of interest with one of his attorneys.

Hernandez's defense attorney, Michael Fee, is a partner at Ropes and Gray. Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomber's wife is also a partner at the firm.

At the hearing Wednesday, Fee said his association with the prosecutor's wife will not affect his ability to represent Hernandez. Hernandez opted to keep Fee despite the potential for a conflict of interest after answering a series of yes-or-no questions.

Hernandez was indicted in August for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player from Dorchester that was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend at the time. Hernandez is being held without bail.

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