Pats lawyer: 34 total texts between Hernandez & Belichick

Pats lawyer: 34 total texts between Hernandez & Belichick
July 19, 2014, 11:00 am
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It was a total of 34 text messages - not 33 pages of texts - that were exchanged between Aaron Hernandez and Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a lawyer for the Patriots said in a statement.

Andrew Phelan, who is representing the Patriots, responded to court paperwork in the murder case against the team's former tight end.

The statement reads:

"Earlier this week, a report indicated that an exchange of text messages between the team's head coach and Mr. Hernandez totaled 33 pages. While it is unknown how the texts were printed or displayed, I thought it was important to clarify that during an early investigation conducted by state prosecutors, the team produced a total of 34 text messages (not pages of texts) spanning a period of five months (December 2012 – April 2013) between the head coach and Mr. Hernandez."

The texts were sent before the body of Odin Lloyd was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's North Attleboro, Mass., home last June, and before Hernandez was arrested in the case a few days later. He was released by the Patriots just before his arrest.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Lloyd, as well as the murder of two others in a separate case in Boston in 2012.

Belichick and Patriots owner Bob Kraft were interviewed by Massachusetts State Police last August, according to court documents. Those interviews were part of more than a hundred interviews conducted by investigators in the case.