Aaron Hernandez will face trial in May 2015 for the double-murder of two individuals, reports Wednesday suggest.
The Boston Herald revealed that a tentative date of May 28, 2015 has been set by a Suffolk Superior Court Judge just six weeks after the former NFL star had been indicted for the alleged murders of Daniel De Abreu (29) and Safiro Furtado (28).
The former New England Patriots tight end is alleged to have shot and killed the two individuals in a drive-by attack on July 16, 2012 in the South Side area of Boston.
According to reports Hernandez allegedly followed the two men out of a club in Boston after, earlier in the night, having his drink spilt by De Abreu.
The former professional football player has pleaded not-guilty to the charges.
Hernandez is also awaiting trial for the alleged murder of Odin Lloyd on June 17, 2013, with that case set to get underway on October 6 this year.
Again, the former Patriot man has pleaded not guilty.
Aaron Hernandez's attorney had hoped that the double-murder trial would be pushed to a later date due to the fact that the player's defence team would be focussing all of their resources on the Lloyd case.
The judge however has refused that possibility, insisting that the May 2015 date will remain in place for now at least.
During Hernandez's brief appearance in court his defence team asked the judge to impose a gag order which would ensure that anyone connected, or directly involved in, the case would be prohibited from commenting outside the court room.
His team argued that the chance of a fair trial for the former NFL player would be severely diminished if the gagging order wasn't put in place what with the unusually high media interest in the case.
The prosecution contested that to date they had made "no improper comments about the case."
The Suffolk County judge is yet to give a ruling on the request.
From the NFL to Jail
Prior to Hernandez's original arrest, and subsequent release from the Patriots, the tight end had played 38 games for the NFL franchise during a three year period.
He recorded 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns during that time with his last appearance coming in 2012.