Aaron Hernandez Charged with Murder and Held Without Bail

Police put him in a cruiser outside his North Attleborough home.


UPDATED: At his arraignment, authorities charged Aaron Hernandez with the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits from Dorchester who was found dead on June 17 in an industrial park close to Hernandez’s North Attleborough home. Prosecutors laid out minute-by-minute their reconstruction of the night Lloyd died based partly on text messages and surveillance footage. Hernandez pled not guilty to murder and to five other gun-related charges, and a judge ordered he be held without bail.

Prosecutors allege Hernandez was mad that Lloyd had spoken with people with whom Hernandez “had troubles” while the two were at the club Rumors together the previous Friday night. Before he picked up Lloyd the night of the murder, Hernandez was caught on tape holding a gun and saying, “You can’t trust anybody anymore,” according to prosecutors. Home surveillance showed him in his home with a gun. After Hernandez picked Lloyd up around 2:30 a.m., Lloyd apparently texted a family member to note that he was riding in a car with “NFL … just so you know.” Those were the last texts he’d send. Prosecutors say Hernandez purchased “blue cotton candy Bubblicious gum” and Black and Mild cigars. (Yes, they were that specific, for reasons that’ll become clear in a minute.) Prosecutors say a silver Nissan Altima, the same kind of car Hernandez had rented, was seen going into and out of the site where Lloyd’s body was found and that video captured Hernandez getting out of the car with a gun at his home at around 3:30 a.m., shortly after the presumed time of death. Investigators found a .45 caliber shell casing and blue Bubblicious gum under the car seat of the rental after Hernandez returned it.

The defense called the evidence circumstantial and weak, noting that authorities haven’t recovered a murder weapon.

Police arrived to Hernandez’s home before 9 a.m. this morning to find him shirtless, and led him away in handcuffs with a white T-shirt pulled over his torso. Soon afteward, the Patriots issued a statement announcing that they’d released Hernandez from the team, saying they were shocked about the news that one of their players was arrested in connection with the murder investigation:

“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”

Investigators declined to reveal the charges against Hernandez until they were read aloud at his arraignment in front of Lloyd’s family, Hernandez’s fiance, and a lot of media, resulting in a fairly dramatic reading of the charges and the evidence investigators have collected over the past weeks. Hernandez spent several hours in the North Attleborough police station this morning before being taken to Attleboro District Court House for the proceedings.

—Steve Annear contributed to this report

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chino-Rivera/100001204864783 Chino Rivera

    I m shock aaron hernandez is in prison,well the county jail for now.AARON HERNANDEZ I HEAR JUST LOST HIS 40,000,000.00? A FORTY OR FIFTY $$$ CONTRACT i hear,GONE, and or cut from the team or both. i am shock,i m hoping this is false.if not i guess the ole adage is true, Your able to take the Hood poor boy out of the hood area,lifestyle,but your never able to take HIM And his Immature Mindset out the hood,sadly only the body,and with the blessing aaron has had so young,few years under my age. you would think he would know better,the blessing he has, or had is now GONE.sadly i hope this is false,a very good player,sad day if he kill Mr.LLOYD,but i m goin to first hear as my friend future lawyer herself,Sha-Kaarii Bella Melendez, say let us first hear ALL of the available evidence,before judging…. adios 1

    • heather-marie rothstein

      i am too surprise, working in the legal field, of law, and i am just going to say chino your right, on what your saying here, wait until ALL evidence,but i am very sad for this young good looking man today. if he did it i am saying death row nothing less,for killers who intentionally kill if true,and rip for the young man he allegedly murder,or no reason or over a dispute, SMDH i hope as your saying it is not true.

      • Amanda Bauer

        i am shock that aaron hernandez is in jail on a murder arrest charge. i am shock. i hope it is wrong. i can’t believe this. RIP i agree to the victim. Hoping this is wrong but i a not sure now hearing more,and more about this. i agree to give up all the fame,money,success most important to make it,as he did,and was doing so well supposedly i am just shock about this how awful for his family,the NFL,to learn about this,and just hope it is wrong.i really hope it is wrong.