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Aaron Hernandez appeared in court yesterday for a hearing ahead of his next murder trial, and wore a t-shirt that for the first time fully revealed a tattoo he got done earlier this year.

Looking back at wire photos of Hernandez’s court appearances, he appears to have gotten the ink done between his April conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd, and his May arraignment on murder charges for the killings of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a 2012 drive-by. But the neck tattoo was always partially covered by a suit, until now.



The prison tattoo reads “lifetime loyalty” over a five-pointed star, and I don’t want to sound like an old retired police sergeant giving your middle school class a lecture on avoiding gangs and drugs, but the five-pointed star is one of the most commonly cited symbols of the Bloods gang.

Hernandez’s trial for the 2012 double murders is set to begin early next year, perhaps—though it’s unlikely—as early as Jan. 19. Hernandez is already serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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