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‘We are drowning here’: Aaron Hernandez double murder trial begins — despite defense request to postpone

The former NFL star’s tattoos will be analyzed during the trial — and it could hurt the defense

After a snowstorm briefly delayed the start of Aaron Hernandez’s second murder trial, jury selection is reportedly underway Tuesday at Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston.

Hernandez, who is already serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, is now facing trial for killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in July 2012 outside a Boston nightclub.

Some critical pretrial decisions appear to benefit the prosecution more than the defense, including the introduction of a witness who will testify to the meaning of the former NFL’s stars tattoos, some which appear to reference murders. Additionally, Judge Jeffrey Locke decided that jurors would be permitted to view text messages between Hernandez and a former friend, Alexander Bradley, who Hernandez is accused of shooting because Bradley was a witness to the alleged double murders.

Requests from the defense team to delay the trial have been denied.

“We are drowning here, and there is no life preserver being thrown our way,” defense attorney Jose Baez told Judge Locke earlier this month, according to the New York Daily News.

According to NBC, it is unknown if Hernandez is in the courthouse as jury selection begins Tuesday. The former New England Patriots player did appear in court on Monday, before jury selection was postponed due to a winter storm.