Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been formally
charged with murder in a Massachusetts homicide case of Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez also faces five gun charges.
Hernandez charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of
a large capacity firearm and other gun charges.
The investigation is ongoing, according to Massachusetts state police.
Hernandez was cut by the Patriots today shortly after being arrested by
Massachusetts state police and led out of his mansion in handcuffs.
Lloyd was shot to death with multiple gun wounds.
Although Hernandez's defense attorney called the case "weak and
circumstantial," the unemployed NFL player was held without bail.
Hernandez stared straight ahead without an expression during the
reading of the evidence by the prosecutor. The evidence seemed to
reflect cooperation from other Hernandez associates and an extremely
According to the prosecutor, Lloyd was shot in the arm, chest and side
while he was lying on the ground.
A shell casing that matches the bullet that killed Lloyd was discovered
in Hernandez's rental car.
Five .45 caliber shells from a semi-automatic weapon were found by
Surveillance footage, including six to eight hours of missing footage,
However, text messages from Hernandez and two other suspects was
The prosecutor said a witness told police that Hernandez was angry with
Lloyd for speaking to a group of people at a nightclub that Hernandez
had a problem with.
According to the prosecutor, law enforcement officials have video of
Hernandez wielding a gun and saying, "You can't trust anyone anymore,"
prior to driving to pick up Lloyd prior to his death.
Lloyd and Hernandez were friends, and Lloyd's girlfriend and
Hernandez's fiancée are sisters.
The prosecutor referred to the murder as an "execution," and accused
Hernandez of concealing evidence.
His NFL career may be over. If convicted, he faces life in prison.
There is no death penalty in Massachusetts.
Michael Fee, Aaron Hernandez's lawyer, says defense not commenting due
to gag order. When asked how client's doing, replied "Aaron's fine."
"Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of
our players was arrested as a result of this investigation," the
Patriots said in a statement. "We realize that law enforcement
investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts
and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is
simply the right thing to do."
The NFL released the following statement: "The involvement of an NFL
player in a case of this nature is deeply troubling. The Patriots have
released Aaron Hernandez, who will have his day in court. At the same
time, we should not forget the young man who was the victim in this
case and take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathy to Odin
Lloyd's family and friends."
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