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Aaron Hernandez wants a jail transfer

In this June 27, 2013, file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez stands during a bail hearing in Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of three murders in Massachusetts. Investigators have appealed for information from tattoo artists who inked his right forearm, but won't say which of Hernandez's many tattoos prompted their appeal
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FILE - In this June 27, 2013, file photo, former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez stands during a bail hearing in Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of three murders in Massachusetts. Investigators have appealed for information from tattoo artists who inked his right forearm, but won't say which of Hernandez's many tattoos prompted their appeal. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald, Pool, File)

Aaron Hernandez, who was in court earlier this month pleading not guilty to assault and battery charges from an alleged fight with another inmate, and threatening to kill a corrections officer, has asked to be transferred to a new jail.

The Providence Journal, citing a request filed by Hernandez's lawyers on Friday, said Hernandez asked to be moved closer to Boston. Hernandez has been charged with three murders in two separate cases. 

The request, according to the Providence Journal, said that the request cited safety concerns. Hernandez's lawyers also said they have to travel too far to meet with the former Patriots tight end. Hernandez is being held at the Bristol County Jail in Dartmouth, Mass., which is about 60 miles from Boston. The Journal also reported that Hernandez's lawyers stated they can't always speak privately with him at the Bristol County Jail.

Hernandez is due in court again next week regarding the murder case of two men in Boston in 2012. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to those two murders, and pleaded not guilty to the 2013 murder of semipro football player Odin Lloyd.

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