Hernandez lawyers due in court in double slaying

BOSTON (AP) _ Prosecutors and lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez are expected in court for a status conference in his Boston double homicide case.

Hernandez is charged in the 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Prosecutors say Hernandez shot the two men after one of them accidentally spilled a drink on him in a Boston nightclub.

A status hearing is scheduled in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday where lawyers are expected to discuss the sharing of evidence. Hernandez is not expected to attend the hearing. His trial is scheduled in May.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in those killings and in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player. That trial is scheduled for January in Fall River.