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Aaron Hernandez indicted on six counts, including first-degree murder

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on the first-degree murder charge. Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end, was formally indicted on six counts, including first-degree murder in the death of his friend, Odin Lloyd.

Lloyd was allegedly executed by Hernandez, according to court documents, because he disrespected the former NFL player. Plus, the prosecutors also believe that Lloyd had information linking Hernandez to two unsolved 2012 murders in the Boston area, as well.

Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez stood in the courtroom as he appeared in the Attleboro District Court
Aaron Hernandez stood in the courtroom as he appeared in the Attleboro District Court (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

In June, he pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges, and since his arrest, he has been held without bond in a county jail in Massachusetts. Hernandez said in a letter, as well as his defense attorneys, have argued that he is innocent.

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Hernandez, if convicted, threw away a $40 million dollar contract from the Patriots in order to commit these senseless acts of violence. Shortly after his arrest on June 26th, the Patriots released him, as they did not want to be a part of this saga.

Plus, he will now face life in prison if convicted on these charges. And has arrived at an Attleboro court, where he was his probable cause hearing, and may change now with this indictment.

The authorities have not gone public and said who fired the shots that killed Lloyd. However, there are court documents that link Hernandez as the shooter.

Hernandez is not the only individual presently in jail linked to the Lloyd death, as Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz have been arrested in connection with the death. Lloyd was alive with the three individuals in the early morning hours of June 17th, then hours later, he would be found dead in a North Attleborough industrial park.

Wallace and Ortiz also plead not guilty to their charges, as well. Wallace is charged with accessory to murder after the fact, while Ortiz is charged with a firearm charge. Like Hernandez, they were being held without bail.

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Documents allege that Hernandez shot Lloyd in the back twice, then shot him in the head three more times from a close distance. The gun, which was used in the crime, has not been recovered, and authorities attempted to locate the gun in a lake for nearly a week in Bristol, Connecticut before they stopped searching the lake.

They believe it is a .45-caliber Glock pistol that was used to kill Lloyd, and the ammunition for the gun was found in Hernandez’s Hummer, in addition to a condo that the former NFL player rented in Franklin, Massachusetts.

The same gun was not used in the 2012 shooting in Boston. The witnesses, who saw this shooting, said that the gunfire came from a gray SUV, with Rhode Island tags. No arrests have been made in the deaths of 29-year-old Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Teixeira Furtado.

Once Hernandez was arrested for the Lloyd murder, the authorities started to link Hernandez to these murders, as well.

There is even a Connecticut man, who has filed a civil lawsuit against Hernandez, who says that the former player shot him in the face in February of this year after they argued in a Miami strip club. Alexander Bradley first told police when he was shot in the eye, he did not know who shot him.

Once the Lloyd murder happened, he quickly filed a lawsuit against Hernandez.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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