Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has just been charged with murder in connection with the death of a 27-year-old former semi-pro football player named Odin Lloyd.
23-year-old Hernandez was arraigned this morning in a Massachusetts courtroom. He has since been remanded into custody without bail.
In addition to murder, Hernandez has been charged with 1 count of carrying a gun without a license, 2 counts of possession of a large firearm, and 2 counts of firearm possession. He has pled not guilty.
FYI, there is no death penalty in Massachusetts … so that’s not an option in this case.
The DA said Lloyd was shot multiple times in the groin, arm, side, chest and back with a .45 caliber semi automatic weapon before his body was discovered last Monday.
Prosecutors say there was communication between the victim and Hernandez just 10 hours before the victim’s death. They believe they have video showing Lloyd getting into Hernandez’ car around that time. They also say Hernandez had been texting Lloyd.
The DA said keys were found in Lloyd’s pocket to a car that had been rented by Hernandez.
The Friday before Lloyd’s body was found, prosecutors say Hernandez and Lloyd went to a nightclub together.
As for the motive, prosecutors believe Odin had said something recently to Hernandez that destroyed his trust.
As we reported, Hernandez was arrested today at his Massachusetts home after Lloyd’s body was discovered close to the NFL star’s home last week.
Lloyd is believed to have been dating the sister of Aaron’s fiancee at the time of his murder.