Lawyers in the Aaron Hernandez double murder trial appeared before the state’s highest court on Tuesday. 

Suffolk County prosecutors asked the justices to order Hernandez to turn over his cell phone. 

Prosecutors believe the cell phone contains critical evidence in connection with the former Patriots superstar’s upcoming double murder trial. 

Hernandez is facing two counts of murder in connection with the July 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Sario Furtado in Boston’s South End. 

Hernandez is already serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. He is appealing his conviction but those arguments before the high court will be heard at a later date. He did not attend Tuesday’s hearing.

In this matter, the convicted killer’s lawyers maintain the cellphone is protected by the attorney-client privilege, which is protected by the law. 

The justices have taken the matter under advisement and will likely issue a ruling within a couple of months. 

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