Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder, Held Without Bond

| by Jonathan Wolfe
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Patriots Pro-Bowl tight end Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder.

The criminal complaint from the Attleboro, Massachusetts Court reads:

“On 6/17/13, [he] did assault and beat Odin Lloyd with intent to murder such person, and by such assault and beating, did kill and murder such person."

Prosecutors allege that Hernandez picked up Lloyd at around 2:30 a.m. on June 17th. Prosecutor William McCauley claims Hernandez was unhappy with Lloyd for speaking to people he didn’t like at a Boston nightclub several nights before. The prosecutor said several people heard gunshots near Hernandez’ home around 3:23 a.m. McCauley then said that home surveillance videos shows Hernandez carrying a semi-automatic rifle as he and two other men returned to Hernandez’ home at 3:30 a.m.

Suspicion of Hernandez grew as reports surfaced that he smashed his home security unit and hired a professional cleaning company to scrub down his house earlier this week.

Hernandez is now being held until his trial without bail. His attorney, Michael Fee, tried unsuccessfully to have the court grant bail to Hernandez.

Hernandez is officially charged with first-degree murder, carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of possessing a large-capacity firearm, and two counts of possessing a firearm without an FID card. Hernandez plead not guilty to every charge today.

Presiding Judge Daniel J. O’Shea ordered both legal teams not to speak to the media on the case at this time.

"The reality is that this case is still an ongoing investigation," Bristol County District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter said. "Invariably it is in the best interest of an ongoing investigation for the District Attorney's office not to comment."

In order to avoid distractions from Hernandez case, the Patriots released the tight end today.

"Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation," the Patriots said in a statement. "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."

In his three-year career, Hernandez has compiled 175 catches for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns. He signed a 5-year, $40 million contract last summer.

No trial date has been announced for the case at this time. 

Sources: ESPN, USA Today