NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder in the death of 27-year-old semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was found shot execution-style about a half-mile from Hernandez’s home.
Hernandez appeared in a packed courtroom number one at Attleboro District Court, where he faces five charges, the most significant being murder. Hernandez also faces charges of possessing a firearm without a license, possessing a large capacity firearm and a firearm without an ID card.
Hernandez was arrested at his home at 8:47 a.m. ET by North Attleborough police and spent five hours in custody before arriving for his arraignment shortly before 2 p.m.
Lloyd’s body was found on June 17 in an industrial park by a nighttime jogger, about a half-mile from Hernandez’s home. Police ruled the death a homicide, and Lloyd’s family members said Lloyd, who was shot in the head, and Hernandez were friends who had been together the previous day.
Just hours after the arrest, the New England Patriots announced in a statement that the team had released Hernandez.
Source: USA Today