Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots star player, was involved in an “altercation with another inmate” at the Bristol County House of Correction and Jail in Massachusetts, a county sheriff’s department spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.
Hernandez, 24, is currently being held on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the shooting death last year of his once friend Odin Lloyd. The altercation was with an unidentified inmate Tuesday, said Bernie Sullivan, a spokesperson for the Bristol County Sherriff’s Office.
Sullivan said the incident is still being investigated. Neither Hernandez nor the other man was seriously injured.
The jailhouse fight has triggered an internal investigation at Bristol County Jail, with officials attempting to find out how the two were able to come face to face for the fight.
TMZ reports, Aaron Hernandez was supposed to be a segregated prisoner for his own protection, however was able to attack another inmate in a jail hallway. Officials are talking to witnesses and checking jail camera footage to determine what happened exactly in the altercation.
Authorities have said that Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd from his Boston apartment in a rental car right before he was found shot to death on June 17.
Surveillance cameras showed the rental car fleeing the crime scene and Hernandez carrying a gun as he returned to his home minutes later.
He pleaded not guilty to murder charge and a trial date has not been set at this time.
Don’t expect Aaron Hernandez to get in any further trouble because of the altercation, criminal attorneys say that jurors will likely never hear anything about Tuesday’s brawl.
“??It is possible, should he choose to testify at his trial, that the prosecution could muddy him up with some prior bad acts –?? a fight in the jail, that sort of stuff,”? said Boston criminal defense attorney Stephen Weymouth. “Frankly, short of that, I can’??t see it having any impact on the case.”