Prosecutor: Aaron Hernandez "Orchestrated The Execution" [Updating]
Victim Identified In Murder Probe With Ties To Aaron Hernandez
The media have swarmed the North Attleboro, Mass., home of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been questioned in connection with the murder… Read…
Before a capacity crowd at Attleboro District Court that included the family of Odin Lloyd, former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arraigned on a charge of murdering Lloyd, and five assorted counts of firearm possession.
Hernandez pleaded not guilty to all counts.
Hernandez "orchestrated the execution," the prosecutor said, and asked that he be held without bail. The judge agreed; Hernandez will be jailed.
Video of Hernandez entering the courtroom:
Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player, had known Hernandez for about a year—the girlfriends of the two are sisters.
Prosecutors detailed Lloyd's multiple gunshot wounds to the side, arms, and chest, including two fatal shots to the chest—fired when Lloyd was lying on the ground. Keys to a vehicle belonging to Hernandez were found on Lloyd. Lloyd had all his possessions, so robbery was not the motive. Five .45 caliber shells from a semi-automatic weapon were recovered.
A warrant was issued to recover surveillance footage from the 14 cameras in and around Hernandez's house, but police discovered that 6-8 hours of footage, from around the time of the murder, was missing. They were able to discover text messages from Hernandez to the victim and the two other suspects on the night of the murder.
According to a third party, Hernandez was angry with Lloyd for talking to a group of people at a nightclub on the previous Friday, a group that Hernandez apparently had beef with. The prosecutor said authorities have tape of Hernandez, with a firearm, saying "You can't trust anyone anymore" before driving to pick up Lloyd.
The group stopped at a gas station to pick up "blue cotton candy Bubblicious gum and Black & Mild cigars, which are used as rolling papers for marijuana."
When the three—minus Lloyd—returned to Hernandez's house, surveillance cameras showed someone carrying a gun into his house, down to the basement, and that's when cameras were shut off.
A shell casing was found in the rental car after Hernandez returned it.
Herandez was represented by Michael Fee and Jamie Sultan, the latter consistently ranked as one of the country's top trial lawyers. Fee called the evidence "circumstantial," and said the case is "not strong."
Hernandez was arrested at his home early this morning and transported to the North Attleboro police station to be booked. Shortly before 2 p.m., Hernandez was taken to the courthouse for his arraignment.