Security Tightened on Hernandez Following Altercation in Jail

By Ari Mason
|  Thursday, Feb 27, 2014  |  Updated 7:29 AM EDT
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Security Tightened on Hernandez After Altercation

Associated Press

Former New England Patriots NFL football tight end Aaron Hernandez Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 in an industrial park in North Attleboro near Hernandez's home.

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A day after he was involved in an altercation with another inmate at the Bristol County Jail in Massachusetts, Aaron Hernandez has been moved to a more restrictive location in the correctional facility, the sheriff’s department told NECN on Wednesday.

The former New England Patriots tight end and murder suspect is now locked in a cell behind a heavy black door in a special management area, NECN reports. The sheriff’s department said he’ll stay there for 30 days.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told NECN authorities are looking into the altercation that happened Tuesday.

“We’re investigating it now to find out why two inmates would have been out at the same time in that unit,” Hodgson told NECN. “I’m not happy that there may have been a breakdown in our system and our protocols.”

NECN reports that Hernandez and the other inmate had been taunting each other for days prior to the incident.

Hernandez now will eat meals in his jail cell rather than alone in the cafeteria, and must now wear handcuffs, a waist chain and leg irons whenever he leaves his cell, according to NECN.

Hernandez is accused of murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Mass., last summer. He pleaded not guilty and is in jail awaiting trial.

He has also been linked to an unsolved 2012 drive-by double homicide in Boston.

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