Jury hearing Aaron Hernandez murder trial is sworn in

NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd.  

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has sworn in the jury hearing the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

The swearing-in happened Thursday morning after some brief delays involving jury issues. One juror was late getting to court, and another juror sent a note to the judge. Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh then began individually questioning jurors.

Garsh instructed jurors not to talk to anyone about the case or share details of the trial with anyone in any manner, including through social media.

She said the court would take a brief recess before opening statements begin Thursday. That’s just days before Hernandez’s former team plays in the Super Bowl.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in 2013. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.