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A Connecticut man who claims to have lost an eye after being shot by Aaron Hernandez in February was ordered to appear before a grand jury in the murder case against the former tight end for the New England Patriots.
Judge Joan Alexander of Hartford ordered Bradley Alexander to appear before the grand jury on July 17 in Fall River, Mass. where investigations that implicate Aaron Hernandez in the murder of Lloyd Odin are underway.
Lloyd, a 27 year old semi-professional football player for the Boston Bandits, was found dead on June 17 near Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, Mass. Prosecutors say Hernandez organized the attack against Lloyd because he was upset that he had been talking to people in a night club.
Hernandez has been charged with murder in the Massachusetts district court, but would require a grand jury indictment or probable cause to stand trial on felony charges. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. The Bristol County district attorney's office of Bristol County said that it can not comment on pending grand jury investigations.
Bradley had entered a civil lawsuit against Hernandez asserting that he was shot in the face by the former player last February while driving in Florida after an argument broke out in a Miami-Dade strip club.
At that time, the man told police he did not know who had shot him.
Bradley has been battling the interstate grand jury subpoena claiming he needs to return to Florida for medical treatment on July 10. His attorney, Robert Pickering, argued that Bradley's civil case has nothing to do with the ongoing investigation in Massachusetts.
"The state of Massachusetts is relying on a claim by a former attorney for Mr. Bradley who said that these crimes are remarkably similar to the crime Hernández is currently accused of" he said. "Clearly, our petition asserts that my client never said that."
Alexander decided that Bradley's medical treatment should not keep him out of Massachusetts court after a week passes.