Aaron Hernandez in court for 2012 drive-by shootings

Former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, center, sits with his defense team during a court appearance at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Hernandez, who is serving a life sentence for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, appeared with his lawyers in a status conference before for his upcoming trial, where he is charged in the 2012 slayings of two men outside a Boston nightclub. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has appeared in court in Boston as a judge met with attorneys to prepare for his upcoming trial in the 2012 shooting deaths of two men.

Hernandez and his lawyers attended a status conference Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court. The former tight end is accused of killing Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreau in a drive-by shooting following a dispute at a Boston nightclub.

Hernandez also faces a count of witness intimidation. Prosecutors say he shot a witness in the face.

Hernandez grew up in Bristol, Connecticut. He’s serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of Odin (OH’-dihn) Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee’s sister.

Jury selection for the Boston murder trial is set to begin Feb. 13. The judge scheduled a Dec. 20 hearing for arguments on pre-trial motions.

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