Prosecutors in the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez want the judge to recuse herself.
Hernandez was at a pretrial hearing Wednesday, his first time in court since being arraigned.
Assistant District Attorney William McCauley says he plans to file a motion to ask Judge Susan Garsh to give up the case. He hasn't explained why but says the state does not take the request lightly.
Hernandez's lawyers say they'll object to a recusal. The judge didn't hear arguments on the issue.
Hernandez was indicted in August in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.
He has pleaded not guilty. The defense says the state won't be able to prove its case.