Posted June 27, 2013

Aaron Hernandez charged with murder, released by Patriots

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Former Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday afternoon in Attleboro (Mass.) District Court along with five other gun-related offenses. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was denied bail.

During the arraignment, a prosecutor detailed the case evidence and said Hernandez “orchestrated” the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. He said Hernandez was seen with Lloyd at 2:30 a.m. and his phone included texts to the victim and two friends on the night of the murder. He also said that the prosecution has video evidence of Hernandez walking through his home with a gun shortly after Lloyd’s murder.

The district attorney added that Hernandez shot Lloyd three times after he got out of the car “then stood over him and put two in his chest,” according to Wesley Lowery of the Boston Globe.

Hernandez displayed little emotion during the arraignment, but defense attorney Michael Fee said the case is “circumstantial” and “not strong.”

MCCANN: Hernandez’s legal case going forward

Hernandez was arrested and taken out of his North Attleboro, Mass., home in handcuffs on Wednesday morning. A short time later, the Patriots released the star tight end.

Hernandez had been a person of interest in a Massachusetts State Police investigation into the murder of Lloyd, a Hernandez acquaintance. Police had searched his home and some surrounding areas, and it was reported last Friday that Hernandez was the subject of an arrest warrant.

Four unmarked police cars pulled up to Hernandez’s home at 8:47 this morning and officers placed the Patriots tight end into custody. According to the Massachusetts State Police twitter feed, Hernandez was booked at the North Attleboro Police Station.

About two hours after the arrest, the Patriots announced on Twitter that the team was cutting ties with Hernandez and issued a statement on the team website:

“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. 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.”

BURKE: What now for Pats after Hernandez’s release?

Hernandez has spent his entire three-year career with the Patriots after being drafted in the fourth round in the 2010 NFL Draft. Last season, Hernandez caught 51 passes with 483 yards with five touchdowns. Hernandez has 175 receptions for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns over this three years as a tight end in New England.

The Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year, $40 million contract extension in August, 2012 with $16 million of that contract being guaranteed money as a signing bonus.

The NFL released a statement asking to keep the victim’s family in mind. “The involvement of an NFL player in a case of this nature is deeply troubling,” the statement read. “The Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez, who will have his day in court.

“At the same time, we should not forget the young man who was the victim in this case and take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathy to Odin Lloyd’s family and friends.”


193 comments
HarshRealities
HarshRealities

I wonder if the 2 people who were with Hernandez have turned states evidence and have provided the prosecutor with an air tight case?

rowarho3
rowarho3

Damn...$40M and only 23.

JohnMcKeough
JohnMcKeough

if you block Piizza and Don5, the comment section is much more readable and interesting

MichaelO'Connell
MichaelO'Connell

The most disturbing thing here, after the fact that a man is dead, is that the Massachusetts State Police are on Twitter.

Smoothkaos
Smoothkaos

@donald5 I agree with your views but relax man, you seem very intelligent but you're coming across as a pompous and arrogant policeman of the comments section with the constant corrections. lol

LenFerreri
LenFerreri

get paid millions, date super models, play in celebrity golf outings, wear tux at the espy's...get arrested for murder. how could someone screw something like that up?

ianlinross
ianlinross

The Patriot Way. Can't wait for the third book in the Michael Holley's trilogy of Belichick's new bold approach to player procurement.

John64
John64

Hey everybody! Did the Bengals sign Hernandez yet?? derp derp derp derp derp derp.... Get it?? huhuhuhuhuhuhuhuh...  because, y'know, the Bengals always sign criminals? hahahahahaha... Get it? Pretty funny, huh? 

riley8
riley8

These are the friggin people we put up on a pedestal.  They pay for nothing even though they make millions and millions of dollars.  Thanks for giving me the life that very few people could ever dream of, but I still need to be a gangsta and off some people.  Teach your kids that teachers, firefighters, and policeman are heroes.  Not these criminals.

MarkTele
MarkTele

Warning to potential posters; do not bring up Tebow or the Bengals - there are trolls lurking under this bridge and they are waiting to pounce.

knuckleballer
knuckleballer

Once he spends some time in the Big House, his end won't be so tight.

OK
OK

Now Reverend Tebow can truly serve as the Moral Leader of the Murder-Laden Patriot Nation.

FDowney
FDowney

@MichaelO'Connell Actually, it's great. They tweet out major accidents and keep you updated on traffic slowdowns and the like.

piizzadude
piizzadude

@John64Wow... that's like the 8th Bengals-reference "joke" on here... very original...

cry1baby2usa
cry1baby2usa

@riley8 Sorry but I don't put anyone I don't know on a pedestal. As far as "these criminals" I'm sure they are no more criminals than the rest of us. The jails are full of crazy people, most of the poor but I'm sure you can find some rich.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@MarkTele  

This article has nothing to do with Tebow.  Maybe decent people are tired of the Tebow-bashing.

It's pretty presumptuous to tell the rest of us what to do.  Who died and left you in charge, anyway?

donald5
donald5

@MarkTele Maybe some people don't like hearing the same joke repackaged and regurgitated for the millionth time.  I don't like Tebow at all but I don't like lame Tebow jokes even more.  I don't give a flying flip about the Bengals but I seem to hear the same joke over and over again every time an NFL player gets in trouble or is released.  It is almost as bad as the "butt-fumble" or Te'o joke crowd.  Repetition is not the cornerstone of comedy.

And isn't the definition of a troll "a person who sows discord on the Internet by trying to start arguments and upset people"

Are you saying the people who bring up Tebow or the Bengals are not "trolls" themselves?

donald5
donald5

@piizzadude I suppose if Full House can run 8 seasons while telling the same worn out joke over and over again...

John64
John64

@piizzadude   Wow... that's like the 15th Bengals-reference "joke" on here... very original...

John64
John64

@OK  What do you mean? The Patriots don't have any murderers on their team.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@OK  

Why the Tebow-hate?  This has NOTHING to do with Tim Tebow.  He hasn't even been mentioned, except by HATERS like you.

Fact:  Tebow talks about his religion a whole lot less than haters like you.  When the Jets signed him, the media (also HATERS) kept asking him religious questions; Tebow told them this was a football press conference and it wasn't appropriate there.

So...hating someone for being religious?  Bigotry.  Condemning someone for doing something you do even more of?  Hypocrisy.

piizzadude
piizzadude

@FDowney @MichaelO'Connell 

Not sure how it works up there, but in PA local and state cops on twitter serve a really good purpose. Amber alerts, breaking issues, traffic snarls, fires, detours. 

Not a bad thing

John64
John64

@piizzadude  It was?? Oh... sorry then. I thought I was the first one... damn... 

cry1baby2usa
cry1baby2usa

@riley8Sorry but I don't put anyone I don't know on a pedestal. As far as "these criminals" I'm sure they are no more criminals than the rest of us. The jails are full of crazy people, most of them poor but I'm sure you can find some rich.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@John64 The most amusing thing is that you know that these halfwits truly believe that they being original.

OK
OK

@John64

Now Reverend Tebow can truly serve as the Moral Leader of the ACCUSED AND INDICTED Murder-Laden Patriot Nation.

My mistake.


Mel
Mel

@MidwestGolfFan  Yeah they are bigots against people that are morons. How awful that is.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@cry1baby2usa @riley8  

You're right.  I'm tired of calling people "heroes."  In my experience, a whole lot of these "heroes" have had it go to their head, to the point that they've forgotten that they're public servants, not gods.

piizzadude
piizzadude

@MidwestGolfFan you have a very funny way of putting words in people mouths. 

I didnt bring up religion, you did

I didnt say he was a bad teammate, but he isnt a good one either as you say.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@piizzadude@MidwestGolfFan@donald5@John64 

People who say "He deserves the hate" are typically referring to his religion.

He might not be the greatest quarterback, but...he's a bad teammate because he won't change positions?  That's just silly:  he plays special teams, as a quarterback, doesn't he? 

piizzadude
piizzadude

@MidwestGolfFan @piizzadude @donald5 @John64 

No real hate for him, but tons of hate for "the hype machine" that he perpetuates. he could be a great teammate and he had a nice little run. That in of itself does not give him any right whatsoever to dictate who he is gonna be in the NFL. If he is such a great teammate, he should take what the team asks of him. Convert me to TE while being the 3rd string QB? Sure coach! 

Nope he couldnt do that, he needed to stay in the limelight and demand the QB position. 

Your the only one bringing religion into this. 

donald5
donald5

@piizzadude @donald5 @John64 On this specific article.  I think I have heard the a bengals joke on pretty much every comment section regarding this story for the past week.  If a joke seems too easy... it has probably been told already

donald5
donald5

@piizzadude @donald5 @John64 No rules here.  Just suggestions.  You can keep posting the jokes if you want, just as I can keep booing them if I want.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@piizzadude@MidwestGolfFan@donald5@John64 

Tebow does NOT desrve the hate.  But you're obviously eager to supply it.  Says a whole lot about you.

It's not his fault he was drafted in the first round, or that the Denver fans loved him.  Tebow is considered a good teammate; Denver's RB was even quoted as saying during a close game to Tebow, "You and me have to win this game."

It's not his fault that the media and every bigot out there loves to hate him.  I know his very existence drives you anti-religious types wild with rage, but that's YOUR problem -- not his.

piizzadude
piizzadude

@donald5 @piizzadude @John64 

Why thank you modmin, I appreciate your letting me in on the rules around here. I didnt know that that particular joke ever got old?

/should have went with Raiders, I am sure no one said that one

donald5
donald5

@piizzadude @donald5 @John64 If the choice is between a boring retreaded joke that has been told 100s of times before or posting nothing....stick with nothing.

John64
John64

@OK  The Patriots don't have any of those on their team either. The Patriots do not currently have a single law-breaking citizen within their organization. 

Your mistake.