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Aaron Hernandez Indicted In The Murder Of Odin Lloyd

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday of first-degree murder and weapons charges in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a Boston semi-professional football player and boyfriend of Hernandez’s girlfriend’s sister.

The six-count grand jury indictment charges Hernandez with killing the 27-year-old Lloyd, who’s body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the former Patriot’s home.

Hernandez, 23, pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in June, and he is being held without bail at a county jail.

He appeared in court briefly in Attleboro on Thursday afternoon. After the indictment, his attorney Michael Fee said the defense was looking forward to testing the prosecution's case.

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"There has been an incredible rush to judgment in this case," and the state doesn't have enough evidence to prove the charges, he said, according to ESPN.

Hernandez signed a $40 million contract last summer with the Patriots, but was cut by the team within an hour and a half of his June 26 arrest.

At the same time, Hernandez continues to be the subject of more murder and shooting investigations in Massachusetts and Florida. A separate grand jury in Suffolk County, Mass, is investigating a July 2010 drive-by double-murder in Boston, to which Hernandez may be connected, according to The Providence Journal.

The Journal writes:

In that case, Daniel Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28, of Boston, were shot and killed while their BMW sedan idled at a traffic light in Boston. Earlier this summer, the police seized a Toyota 4-Runner with Rhode Island plates from a garage in Bristol, Conn. that his owned by Hernandez uncle, Andres ``Tito'' Valderrama. Police said they believe the sports-utility vehicle was used in the fatal drive-by shooting.

Sources: ESPN, The Providence Journal