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Appeal of decision to hold Hernandez without bail coming soon

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is arraigned in court in Attleborough, Massachusetts

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is arraigned on charges of murder and weapons violations in Attleborough, Massachusetts, after being arrested, June 26, 2013. Hernandez, a 23-year-old rising football star with the New England Patriots, was arrested by police in a murder investigation and fired by the team on Wednesday, another blot on the National Football League’s tightly protected image. REUTERS/Mike George/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT FOOTBALL)


On Wednesday, a judge decided to hold Aaron Hernandez without bail pending further proceedings in his murder case.

Those further proceedings could happen as soon as Thursday.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Hernandez will appeal the initial decision via a hearing to be held this week.

In 2000, a judge in Georgia initially decided to hold former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis without bail after he was charged with murder. Less than two weeks later, Lewis was released on $1 million bail.

For Hernandez, the key question is whether he presents a flight risk. Apart from the modern techniques for digitally monitoring his whereabouts, the media has been staked out at his North Attleboro home on a round-the-clock basis. It’s unlikely, however, that the media presence will continue through the trial of the case, which could happen at some point in early 2014.