A lawyer for the New England Patriots cast doubt on whether investigators had obtained 33 pages of text messages between former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and coach Bill Belichick, indicating in a statement that the team turned over 34 total text messages -- not pages -- between the two parties.
Hernandez has been charged with three murders, including one alleged to have occurred in June 2013.
"Earlier this week, a report indicated that an exchange of text messages between the team's head coach and Mr. Hernandez totaled 33 pages," read the statement from attorney Andrew Phelan of Bingham McCutchen. "While it is unknown how the texts were printed or displayed, I thought it was important to clarify that during an early investigation conducted by state prosecutors, the team produced a total of 34 text messages (not pages of texts) spanning a period of five months (December 2012-April 2013) between the head coach and Mr. Hernandez."
Court documents indicated the text messages spanned from February to May 2013, a slight variation from the timeline Phelan indicated. The documents were turned over to Hernandez's defense team as part of the discovery process in advance of the former tight end's trial.
The Patriots agreed to produce 317 pages of materials sought by Hernandez's attorneys but objected to handing over scouting reports and a psychological profile. A July 22 hearing will be held to determine whether the defense team gets them.