If Aaron Hernandez wants to marry his high school sweetheart and mother of his 7-month-old daughter, it's not going to happen while he's in the Bristol County jail, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. Whether Hernandez wanted to tie the knot for love or courtroom strategy, Hodgson won't have it. "I don't subscribe to that. I feel that those rights are things that you access on the outside, if you're a good citizen," he said. "We'll do everything we can to not have that happen." Hernandez is being held without bail after he plead not guilty last week to a first-degree murder charge in connection with the execution-style slaying of Odin Lloyd. At his arraignment, Hernandez smiled across the courtroom at his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins. Prosecutors last week, in laying out their initial case against Hernandez, said Jenkins had begun speaking with investigators until receiving a phone call from Hernandez telling her to keep quiet. If the couple were married, Jenkins could be shielded from testifying against Hernandez at trial. Hernandez has been held at the Bristol County jail since June 26, the day he was led from his sprawling North Attleborough, Mass., home in handcuffs. A Bristol County Superior Court judge on June 27 upheld the decision from a district court judge that he be held without bail. At both his arraignment and bail review hearing, Hernandez's defense team argued their client needed to be treated like any other defendant despite his status as a football celebrity. Hodgson said that is indeed how Hernandez is being treated at the facility that houses between 1,400-1,450 men and women who have been charged with or convicted of crimes.
Sheriff: I won't let Aaron Hernandez get married
USA Today | Jul 3