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Former NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Is Indicted For Murder

posted 22 Aug 2013, 16:56 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 22 Aug 2013, 16:57 ]

 ATTLEBOROMASSACHUSETTSUNITED STATES (AUGUST 22, 2013) (UNRESTRICTED POOL) -  Former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez was indicted on first-degree murder and weapons charges by a grand jury in Massachusetts on Thursday (August 22) for the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial area near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Hernandez was ordered to be held without bond until his next court hearing.

District Attorney Sam Sutter read the indictment to the court.

"This morning a Bristol County Grand Jury returned indictments against Aaron Hernandez on the following counts: Murder, carrying a firearm, possession of a firearm, possession of a high capacity weapon with a feeding device, possession of ammunition - two counts."

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts, including murder and weapons charges tied to Lloyd's death. A lawyer for Hernandez has called the prosecution's case circumstantial.

Hernandez was cut from the Patriots on June 26, shortly after police arrested him for purportedly orchestrating the execution-style murder. Lloyd, 27, had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée. Prosecutors said Hernandez soured on him a few nights before the body was found, and that the two had argued after Lloyd socialized at a nightclub with people Hernandez disliked.

Two other men have been arrested in connection with the case: Ernest Wallace, who turned himself in to police in Florida and has been accused of being an "accessory after the fact," and Carlos Ortiz, arrested in Connecticut on charges of being a fugitive from justice. Hernandez, 23, had been a rising star in the NFL who signed a $41 million contract with one of the league's top franchises before his arrest.