In this Tuesday, June 24, 2014, file photo, former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, center, looks toward defense attorneys James Sultan, left, and Charlie Rankin, right, during a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Hernandez is charged in the 2012 shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. Hernandez is expected to be in court Wednesday, July 2, 2014, for a hearing in wrongful death civil lawsuits filed against him by the two men's families.AP
Boston (AP) – A lawyer for the families of two men allegedly gunned down by former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will ask a judge to bar the football team from paying Hernandez a $3.2 million contract signing bonus.
A hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court on a request for a preliminary injunction.
Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in 2012, just weeks before he signed a 5-year, $40 million contract. Prosecutors say Hernandez shot the men as they sat in their car at a stop light after one of the men accidentally spilled his drink on Hernandez at a Boston nightclub.
Attorney William Kennedy, who represents the men's families in wrongful death lawsuits, said the Patriots have challenged Hernandez's right to receive the bonus, but he wants a court order in case the team is ordered to pay Hernandez in an arbitration hearing. Kennedy also wants the court to freeze Hernandez's assets. Each of the lawsuits is seeking $6 million in damages.
The team released Hernandez after his arrest in the 2013 death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
"It's really a motion to prevent any further payments to be made by the New England Patriots to Mr. Hernandez pending any further action of the court," Kennedy said. "What we're looking to do is preserve as much as we possibly can — any assets — for the satisfaction of the families of the two decedents."
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in all three slayings.