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Hernandez requests to be transferred out of Bristol County Jail

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DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -

 Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez made a request to transfer from the Bristol County Jail to a facility closer to Boston.

In new court documents Hernandez said it was just too much for his attorneys to travel so far to meet with him. The documents also raised concerns for Hernandez's safety.

Hernandez was arrested last summer after he was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough. Earlier this year, he was also charged with two murders from a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston's South End.

The attorneys representing Hernandez are located in Boston.

"He needs to be held in a facility that does not require his counsel to drive from two, up to three to four hours round-trip each time they need to meet with him,” the paperwork said.

Lawyers said accusations that Hernandez got in a fight in jail and threatened a corrections officer are made up and indicate an unsafe environment.

"Hernandez uttered a verbal threat to kill or do bodily harm to a correctional officer... This charge - one that has been refuted by a witness and is vigorously contested by Hernandez - raises serious concerns about Hernandez’s personal safety," the documents said.

Hernandez's attorneys said their client had no privacy at the Bristol County Jail. Corrections officers read his mail and record his phone calls. 7News legal analyst Tom Hoopes said those actions were all legal as long as he has privacy with his lawyer.

Sheriff Thomas Hodgson runs the prison and said the officers were just following the laws.

“We're not doing any of that, we're not doing anything outside the realm of what's in the law,” Hodgson said.

The prosecution will address the request to move Hernandez next week.

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