Aaron Hernandez denied bail, will remain in jail
Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was denied bail on Thursday afternoon, a day after he was charged with first-degree murder and five other gun-related charges in a case following the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.
Lloyd, a semipro football player, was found with bullet holes to the head and chest about a mile away from Hernandez’s home on June 17. On Wednesday, Hernandez was arrested and arraigned and charged with six counts: murder of the first degree, one count of carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of possession of a large capacity firearm, and two counts of possession of a firearm without a valid ID card, according to NFL.com.
Hernandez pleaded not guilty to all of the charges; his defense claimed the prosecution’s case was based on circumstantial evidence that is “not strong.” Hernandez was ordered to be held without bail at the Bristol County House of Correction and Jail and will have a probable cause hearing in court on July 24.
He is also being investigated for his potential role in a double-homicide in 2012.
The Patriots, who released Hernandez from the team on Wednesday, issued the following statement about the case:
“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.”