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.
"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.