Hernandez, who played tight end for the New England Patriots,
was jailed in June after being accused of gunning down another
man in an industrial park near his house.
A grand jury in Bristol County indicted Hernandez on Thursday on
charges of assault and battery and threats to do bodily harm
stemming from an incident at the Bristol County House of
Corrections in February, according to the district attorney's
Hernandez is accused of repeatedly punching fellow inmate Andrew
Booker after the two got into an argument in a hallway of the
prison, Booker's attorney said in March. Hernandez's attorney
was not immediately available to comment.
Hernandez had been a rising star in the NFL before police
arrested him at his South Attleboro mansion in June for the
shooting death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez has denied the charges.
The New England Patriots released him from the team hours after
his arrest. Hernandez is also being investigated for links to a
2012 double-murder in Boston, the Boston Globe has reported
citing law enforcement sources.
(Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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