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Bristol DA Sutter to seek re-election

March 25, 2014

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter says he’ll seek re-election to a third term and take part in the high-profile murder prosecution of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez.

Sutter had said he expected to run again and formally announced it Monday to supporters in Fall River.

Sutter said he doesn’t want to “walk away” from the Hernandez case and other priorities.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston man dating the sister of the ex-player’s fiancee. Sutter said he and two assistants will handle the trial expected in 2016.

Sutter touted successes in reducing gun violence, solving homicides and improving conviction rates. He said wants to continue working to prevent domestic violence and child abuse, and to try to stem an increase in heroin abuse.

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