Former Patriot Hernandez charged with murder, held without bail
With Reporting By Abbey Niezgoda
Former Patriot's tight-end Aaron Hernandez was arraigned on a charge of first degree murder and five other charges including gun charges on Wednesday afternoon in Attleboro District Court.
Hernandez is accused of the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits. Lloyd's body was discovered on June 17th dumped in an industrial park in North Attleboro just blocks from Hernandez's home.
Police say Lloyd was shot to death after a night out with Hernandez and two other. Five bullet casings from a semi-automatic weapon were found at the scene. Two gun shots, considered to be the fatal shots, went through Lloyd's chest and exited through his back. Other gunshot wounds were to his arm and groin.
The prosecution said that Lloyd was on the ground shot when the shooter stood over him and delivered the fatal shots.
On the night of the murder Lloyd's final text messages were to his sister around 3:22 a.m. He said, “Did you see who I was with?” and she said “Yes. NFL” and he replied, “Just so you know.”
Shortly after individuals who lived near the industrial park reported hearing several shots fired, one witness indicated hearing five shots.
Hernandez was ordered held with out bail pending a dangerousness hearing. Lawyers for Hernandez requested he be released on bail to be with his fiance and 8-month old baby. His lawyer said that because of his high profile status the risk of flight is virtually impossible.
Hernandez's attorney said the case against the former Patriots player is weak and based solely on circumstantial evidence.
The other two individuals allegedly with Hernandez on the night of the incident fled the jurisdiction said prosecution.
During a search for the murder weapon investigators say a .22 caliber gun that was tied to an altercation in Providence was recovered during searches of HErnandez's home. The District Attorney also noted that surveillance video recovered from Hernandez's home showed the 23-year-old tight end entering his house with a gun on the night of the incident.
The DA also said surveillance video from the industrial park where the body was found show the Nissan Altima rental vehicle driven by Hernandez pull into the area and leave. Dirt from the scene and tread marks in the road were consistent with evidence recovered from the rental car.
Hernandez is also charged with two counts of carrying a firearm without a card and two counts of possession of a high powered firearm.
During the proceeding Lloyd's family members emotionally exited the court house.
At the request of the defense a gag order has been placed on the case to protect Hernandez's constitutional right to a fair trial.
Hernandez was released from the New England Patriots just hours after his arrest on Wednesday morning.
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