Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder Friday in the North Attleborough, Mass., death of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez continues to be investigated in another 2012 double homicide in downtown Boston. However, his attorney Michael Fee said today that they're glad they now have a "path to trial" where Aaron will be found "innocent", according to CNN on Sept. 6
Today marked the sixth time Hernandez, 23, has appeared in a courtroom since his June 26 arrest. He stands charged with first-degree murder in the June 17 death of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semipro football player.
He also faces various weapons charges. He will continue to be held without bail until his next court appearance scheduled for October 9. Hernandez was let go by the Patriots following his arrest.
Meanwhile, an investigation continues in another murder case thought to involve Aaron Hernandez. The former NFL star is being looked at in connection to an unsolved 2012 drive-by shooting double murder case in Boston.
Investigators discovered July 2012 video surveillance allegedly showing Hernandez at a nightclub at the same time as two male victims who were killed that night, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation.
The video apparently doesn't show Hernandez directly interacting with Daniel Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28, however, according to the Hartford Courant.
Boston police have said victims were riding in a BMW that was sprayed with gunfire as they sat at a traffic light, shortly after they left the nightclub.
The law enforcement sources believe Hernandez rented a silver SUV with Rhode Island registration that was linked to the scene of the double homicide.
During the investigation into Lloyd's murder, Bristol, Conn., police discovered the vehicle by accident while searching the garage of Hernandez's uncle.
Boston police have been looking for the vehicle for nearly a year now, law enforcement sources added. So far, Hernandez has not been charged in connection with the unsolved double shooting.
Police have yet to locate the gun believed to have been used to kill Lloyd. However, prosecutors say Hernandez returned a rental car that contained a bullet casing that allegedly matched bullets found at the scene.
Surveillance cameras showed the car believed to be carrying Hernandez and two accomplices at the southeastern Massachusetts industrial park where Lloyd's body was discovered.
Reports have surfaced since Hernandez's arrest that paint the football player as being highly addicted to drugs, and so paranoid that he never went anywhere without a gun.
No official motive has been released, but Hernandez was said to be agitated with Lloyd for talking to a group of men Aaron didn't like, during the apparent drug-fueled weekend of the murder.