Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez charged with First-degree murder

Former New England Patriot tight end, Aaron Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder and 5 other gun related charges on Wednesday this is coming barely over a week after a body was found near his Massachusetts home. Hernandez has entered a plea of not guilty to murder and to five firearms charges, including possessing a large-capacity firearm. A judge ordered him to be held without bail because of the murder charge.

Hernandez had been questioned in the killing of Lloyd, an associate of Hernandez who was found dead near Hernandez's house. Much of the case was laid out in court as the prosecutor asked the judge that Hernandez be held without bail – a request that was granted.
"He orchestrated the crime from the beginning and took steps to conceal and destroy evidence," First Assistant District Attorney Bill McCauley told the court.

Prosecutors said that the killing was prompted by a fight between the two friends during a trip on June 14 to a Boston nightclub. On June 17, Hernandez and two friends allegedly picked Lloyd up at his house at 2:30 a.m. Surveillance footage from Hernandez's house shows him leaving earlier in the night with a weapon, prosecutors said.
After getting into the car, Lloyd allegedly texted a family member, asking, "Did you see who I am with," prosecutors said. He then texted that it was Hernandez and followed it up with, "Just so you know" in another text message, they alleged during the arraignment.
Later that morning, between 3:23 a.m. and 3:27 a.m., employees who were working the overnight shift at the industrial park where Lloyd's body would later be found reported hearing gunshots, authorities said. It's not clear who investigators believe fired the shots.
"It is not a strong case," Michael Fee, Hernandez's attorney, who had asked for bail, said in court.
But prosecutors allege home security videos from Hernandez's house show him with firearms after Lloyd had been murdered, and show a Nissan Altima — the same type of car Hernandez had rented — going to and coming from the site where Lloyd's body had been found. He was seen exiting the vehicle at 3:29 a.m. with a gun at his home on the surveillance footage, prosecutors claim, shortly after authorities say Lloyd was killed.