Ex-NFL player Hernandez indicted for June murder

ATTLEBORO Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:57pm EDT

1 of 7. Aaron Hernandez, former player for the NFL's New England Patriots football team, enters the courtroom for a hearing at Attleboro District Court in Attleboro, Massachusetts August 22, 2013.

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ATTLEBORO (Reuters) - Former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez was indicted on Thursday by a grand jury in Massachusetts on a charge of first-degree murder and five firearms violations for the June killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, appeared briefly in Attleboro District Court after being indicted in the shooting of Lloyd, whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial area near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

Hernandez, who did not speak during Thursday's brief hearing, has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts, including murder and weapons charges tied to Lloyd's death.

"Aaron Hernandez is an innocent man as we stand here today," Michael Fee, one of his attorneys, told reporters after the hearing. "There has been an incredible rush to judgment in this case ... It has been based on innuendo, misrepresentations of facts, hearsay and opinion has been represented as fact."

The indictment means the case will move to state superior court in Fall River, said Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter.

"The investigation is ongoing," Sutter told reporters outside the court. "This was a very grave case. My heart goes out to the Lloyd family."

Hernandez, 23, was cut from the Patriots on June 26, shortly after police arrested him for purportedly orchestrating the execution-style murder.

Lloyd, 27, had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée. Prosecutors said Hernandez soured on him a few nights before the body was found, and that the two had argued after Lloyd socialized at a nightclub with people Hernandez disliked.

Two other men have been arrested in connection with the case. Ernest Wallace, who turned himself in to police in Florida, has been accused of being an accessory after the fact, and Carlos Ortiz was arrested in Connecticut on charges of being a fugitive from justice.

Before his arrest, Hernandez had been a rising star in the NFL with a $41 million contract with one of the league's top teams.

(Editing by Scott Malone, Carol Bishopric, Toni Reinhold)

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Comments (2)
zy-yz wrote:
I know you’re scared, America, about poor Aaron.

(Odin Lloyd? Who?)

Don’t worry.

Aaron’s got plenty of NFL bucks, and he’ll get some good lawyers. Who will argue, inter alia :

- -brain damage due to hits on the field; or,

- -racism in the arrest, charging, and prosecution, because Aaron is … Hispanic, or Blatino, or a “black Hispanic”, or an Hispanic who identifies black; or,

- -his buddies in the car with him did it; or,

- -Odin Lloyd who?

If the jury is just too dumb to fall for the foregoing, then there’s still hope.

Sharpton / Holder / Obama / NAACP / NFL will all swoop in and elevate the case from the state courts to the fed courts, where they will find that … Aaron’s civil rights were violated.

And if Aaron doesn’t get convicted, then, he’s got great street cred, and he’ll have a career as a rapper waiting for him. That was his hobby, right, off-season? Aspiring Rap Artist?

And even if, somehow, Aaron does get convicted, then, he’s got even BETTER street cred, and he’ll be out on parole in about 10 years.

He won’t even be 40 years old when he walks the streets again, after serving time, and so: see “Rap Artist” above.

Aug 22, 2013 5:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PCL1 wrote:
yz-yz: I doubt Obama or Holder will see much to gain from defending this guy. As for Jackson and Sharpton, even Obama is too white for them; I doubt they’ll go out on a limb for this half-white wannabe, especially since his victims were black. Too bad Aaron, but you always have the lunatic-rights crowd to fall back on, so keep harping on that “god’s plan” BS.

Aug 22, 2013 6:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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