ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) - Aaron Hernandez was back in front of a judge Wednesday afternoon, only to hear he will need to return in 30 days.
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Just minutes after called court into session for Hernandez's probably cause hearing, the judge granted granted the prosecution's request for a 30-day continuance. The state said it needed more time to build its case, citing the large amount of new evidence that was unveiled in the weeks following Hernandez's arraignment.
Additional evidence includes a magazine clip for .45-caliber Glock found in a Hummer registered to Hernandez; and boxes of ammunition investigators found in a condominium Hernandez leased and on which, according to Asst. District Attorney William McCauley, Hernandez's fingerprints were found.
Despite an adamant objection from Hernandez's attorney, the state's continuance movement was quickly granted and rescheduled for Aug. 22 at 3 p.m.
More documents to be unveiled
Hernandez - sporting a beard and a freshly laundered suit, a look quite different from the gym shorts and white V-neck he wore at his arraignment back on June 26 - had to remain standing in court even after his hearing was suspended.
The court still needed to address the motion filed by several media outlets, including WPRI 12, that asked for the release of all documents pertaining to this murder investigation. The motions made the request after learning that some documents remained under wraps even after an impoundment was lifted earlier this month.
After around 20 minutes of discussion, the judge ultimately ruled in favor of the motion. Additional arrest warrants for Hernandez - along with the other two suspects who have been arrested in this case, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz - will be made available Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, in Foxboro, the two most high-standing members of the New England Patriots' locker room spoke to the media over the 48 hours.
First, Tom Brady spoke to Sports Illustrated Tuesday night about the situation. He did not have much to say about Aaron Hernandez, instead talking about the team's desire to move forward and playing football.
"I've seen a lot of things over 13 years, and what I have learned is that mental toughness and putting aside personal agendas for what's in the best interest of the team matters most. My job is to play quarterback, and I'm going to do that the best way I know how, because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me. I have moved on. I'm focusing on the great teammates I have who are committed to helping us win games. The only thing I care about is winning. Nothing is going to ever get in the way of that goal. I'm just excited to report to camp and see what we can accomplish as a team. The fate of our season will be determined by the players in our locker room—nothing else."
Bill Belichick, the notoriously curt Patriots head coach, surprised some by showing rare emotion during an extended press conference Wednesday afternoon. His statements ran almost simultaneously with Hernandez's trial.
Belichick spoke of his long friendship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, saying the two of them strive to work together to make decisions in the best interest of the organization. Belicheck said he and Kraft were shocked to see Hernandez's name in the news for this reason, calling the day the they heard about the allegations against their starting tight end a "sad day on so many levels."
"We stress high character. We stress making good decisions," Belichick said. "We have always emphasized the need to represent our players the right way on and off the field."
"This process is far from perfect," he continued. "Unfortunately, this most recent situation... is not a good one on our record. But we will continue to evaluate the way we do things."
Belicheck said he is motivated to bring the organization in the right direction despite the ongoing Hernandez saga.
"Now, it is time for the New England Patriots to move forward and build a winning football team that will be a strong pillar in this community," he continued. "A team the fans can be proud of."
Apparently advised to make just one statement, the Bill Belichick sports reporters have gotten to know over the last 15 years made a reappearance when the media began asking follow-up questions.
"We're not trying to make this story disappear," he said, responding to a question in which a reporter asked if he felt duped. "I have been asked not to comment."