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Hundreds of jurors were expected to file through the halls of the Fall River Justice Center on the first day of the selection process. Hernandez, 25, is charged with killing
Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semiprofessional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. At the time of the killing June 17, 2013, Hernandez had
a $40 million contract with the Patriots.
The court was strictly enforcing a special rule imposed by the judge for the duration of the trial, which bans from the courthouse logos for the Patriots, NFL or any football-
related insignia, or words or photographs relating to the case. One man wearing a Boston Bruins jersey and waiting in a security line near potential jurors yelled out, "Go
Pats!" and was kicked out of the courthouse.
The court planned to bring in prospective jurors in three groups of 125 per day Friday, Monday and Tuesday to fill out questionnaires. More than 1,000 people are expected to
report as prosecutors and defense lawyers haggle over whom to seat on the jury.
During the first court session Friday, Hernandez greeted the jurors with "good morning" when he was introduced to them by Bristol County Superior Judge Susan Garsh, then sat
impassively and looked around the room as Garsh described the charges against him.
"I want to stress that the charges in the indictment are merely allegations ? claims if you will," Garsh said. The indictment, she said, "is not evidence of anything."
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Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez attends a pretrial hearing in the first ?
Acting District Attorney Thomas Quinn made a short statement to the media outside court but would not answer questions.
"We look forward to a jury being selected that is fair and impartial to both sides," he said.
Hernandez's lawyers would not comment as they brought in several items, including a mini refrigerator, a coffeemaker, Ritz crackers and coat hangers.