Aaron Hernandez has finally been indicted for first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a friend whose lifeless body was found just a mile from the former New England Patriots player’s house.
Lloyd was in a relationship with the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.
The grand jury not only indicted Hernandez with killing the 27-year-old semiprofessional football player from Boston, but also on five weapons counts, according to the Fall River division of Bristol County Superior Court.
The former NFL tight end pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges, and he is currently being held at Bristol County Jail without bail. Hernandez lawyers insist that the prosecutors don’t have any evidence and say the case against their client is circumstantial. The lawyers also said that they are confident Hernandez will be found not guilty.
Last summer, Hernandez signed a new $40 million contract with the Patriots. The team released him upon finding out about his arrest on June 26.
Hernandez could be sentenced to life in prison if he’s convicted.