Judge refuses motion to dismiss Hernandez murder case

Aaron Hernandez will face trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. His lawyers' motion to dismiss the case was denied.

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A judge on Thursday refused to dismiss one of the murder cases Aaron Hernandez is facing.

Attorneys for the former New England Patriots tight end had sought the dismissal of all charges in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, asserting that there wasn’t enough evidence to support them and that prosecutors inundated a grand jury with irrelevant, damaging information.

In her ruling, Bristol County Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh concluded there was ample evidence to support the murder and weapons charges — and that there was no evidence prosecutors acted improperly in their presentations before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez.

Hernandez is scheduled to go on trial in the case in January.

He faces murder and assault charges in a separate case — the 2012 killings of two men and wounding of a third in South Boston.