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Former Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday afternoon on a first-degree murder charge in connection to the death of semi-professional football player and acquittance, Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was indicted by a six-county Massachusetts grand jury and the indictment also includes possession of weapon charges.Hernandez plead not guilty to all charges and has spent the past two months behind bars without bail.
The body of Lloyd was discovered by a jogger in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleboro home in June. Hernandez’s lawyers maintains the case against him is circumstantial and they are confident he will be able to clear his name. Prosecutors accuse Hernandez of orchestrating the murder of Lloyd, with two associates Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, who are also facing charges in the case. Prosecutors have yet to identity the trigger-man or find the gun used to kill Lloyd, despite searching ponds near Hernandez’s home.
The prosecution argue Hernandez was motivated to kill Lloyd because he was upset with Lloyd for talking to people he had problems with at a nightclub. They also argue Lloyd might have had information about a 2012 double-murder Hernandez may have been involved with.
Hernandez has maintained his innocence through a series of letters to fans from jail. However, there is mounting evidence against him including photos of him with a gun hours before the murder and surveillance video of Hernandez with Ortiz and Wallace driving Lloyd to the industrial park but returning to his home without Lloyd.
He could face life in prison if convicted.