FALL RIVER, MASS – Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez stood in a Bristol County courthouse, his head down as he listened while a Massachusetts grand jury return an indictment on a first-degree murder charge relating to the death of former 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd on Thursday afternoon.
By indicting Hernandez, the grand jury has found that probable cause exists to believe Hernandez killed Lloyd. He will remain jailed without bail as he awaits his trial date.
One of Hernandez’s accomplices, Ernest Wallace, is also facing charges of being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.
Prosecutors stated that Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd’s death because he had talked to people Hernandez had problems with at a nightclub the previous weekend. The allegations include that Hernandez, Wallace, and another associate of Hernandez picked up Lloyd at his home and drove him to an industrial park near Hernandez’s home. It was there that the body of Lloyd was found, riddled with bullets.
Hernandez's home video surveillance system showed him carrying a gun believed to be the murder weapon when he entered his home later in the evening. Investigators have yet to find the weapon used in Lloyd's murder.
The former Patriots star also faces five gun charges and is the subject of an investigation into a 2012 double homicide in Boston.
If convicted, Hernandez could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.