On August 22, a Conn. grand jury indicted former tight end for the New England Patriots, 23-year-old Aaron Hernandez, on five weapons charges and for the first-degree shooting murder of his former pal and semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez pleaded not guilty to those charges, according to WTVR.
The deceased remains of Odin Lloyd, 27, were discovered in a field on June 17, approximately one mile away from Hernandez’s North Attleborough, Mass. home.
Lloyd had been shot a total of five times, including one gunshot to the head. His death was ruled a homicide.
Hernandez remained generally uncooperative throughout the police investigation into Lloyd’s death, which included several search and seizures from Hernandez’s home.
Aaron Hernandez was charged with Lloyd’s murder on the morning of June 26, and fired from the Patriots a few hours later.
USA Today reported that two of Hernandez’s cohorts, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, are also being held as accomplices in connection with the shooting.
Ortiz, 27, has been charged with possession of an illegal firearm. Wallace, 41, was also indicted today on an accessory after the fact charge. Ortiz is being held without bail. Wallace has been unable to post his $500,000 bail.
Denied bail, Hernandez has been in prison since his initial arrest on June 26.
If convicted, Aaron Hernandez is looking at a possible life sentence without parole.
A whole separate grand jury is looking into Hernandez's possible involvement in a 2012 double drive-by murder in Boston. For more on that story, see the video accompanying this article.
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