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Aaron Hernandez Murder Case Update: Gag Order Continues Despite DA’s Petition; New England Patriots Desperate To Find Replacement For Former Tight End?

By Staff Writer | April 08, 2014 07:05 PM EDT

Aaron Hernandez murder case update only got interesting as the gag order by Bristol Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh was upheld by the state Supreme Judicial Court. Meanwhile, New England Patriots is still looking for another tight end to replace the murder suspect.

According to ESPN, Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter's office asked Justice Fernande Duffly to review the gag order after defense attorneys filed a motion when it accused the prosecution of leaking vital information to the press.

The DA's office was also accused of granting interviews and making statements that are prejudicial to the Aaron Hernandez murder case.

But Duffly wrote in his ruling that the prosecution failed to make its case on why the gag order should be lifted.

The justice wrote: "The Commonwealth has shown nothing but speculative future harm should it or the defendant make, or determine there is a need to make, an extrajudicial statement concerning some as yet to be determined event."

Aaron Hernandez murder case stemmed from the killing of Odin L. Lloyd in North Attleborough, in an area not far from the tight end's house. He pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder but still in jail without bail on the gravity of the crime.

Meanwhile, one of the offseason priorities for New England Patriots, said BleacherReport, is to find a replacement for Aaron Hernandez and backup for Ron Gronkowski.

"The Patriots' production from the tight end position was otherworldly from the years 2010-2012, but with Gronkowski injured for much of the season and with Hernandez in prison for its entirety, the Patriots were forced to rely on the services of third-string tight end Michael Hoomanawanui," Erik Frenz, the AFC East lead writer for the site.

The New England Patriots still owes $7.5 million in three bonus payments to Aaron Hernandez despite his murder case. The figure represents about three quarters of the $10.38 million "dead money" incurred by the team.

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