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Hernandez pleads not guilty to jail altercation charges

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New details have emerged in the murder case against a former New England Patriot.

Prosecutors say an altercation between Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd at a club two days before the murder may have been at the center of the killing.

The defense however, is calling for the charges to be dismissed, saying prosecutors are purposely trashing Hernandez's character. 

Lawyers on both sides paint very different pictures about the night that Odin Lloyd was murdered, which happened one year ago tomorrow. In the courtroom, the victim’s family wiped tears as they listened.

Prosecutors outlined the events leading up to the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, saying Aaron Hernandez was with him at a club when around closing, Hernandez left, alone, in an agitated manner.

A grand jury was told that a witness—the valet—saw the defendant with a gun in his waistband.

In the days following, prosecutors say Hernandez made calls to his associates setting up the murder.

They have video that allegedly shows the men acting suspiciously.

The defense says there is no evidence that Hernandez participated in the murder, calling the prosecutors tactics "smoke" 

The defense also made a motion to suppress evidence, including video footage from inside Hernandez’s North Attleboro home, saying it was not within the scope of the warrant.

This is just one of two cases Hernandez went before a judge on today.

He was also arraigned on charges stemming from a jailhouse scuffle where he allegedly beat a fellow inmate and threatened a guard. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to this charge.

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