Aaron Hernandez facing 1st-degree murder charge
Published on Wednesday, 6/26/13, at 9:33 a.m. Eastern.
Updated on Wednesday, 6/26/13 at 6:15 p.m. Eastern.
By Brian Edwards
Update: The prosecution presented some of its case at Aaron Hernandez’s arraignment this afternoon. The allegations include video surveillance of Hernandez with a gun in his hand before the murder. There are text messages indicating Hernandez picked up the victim, Odin Lloyd, in a rental car at around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning. The state alleges it has video of Hernandez speaking to a third party about being upset with Lloyd for speaking to people Hernandez had issues with on Friday night at a club in Boston. Hernandez faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder. Massachusetts doesn’t have the death penalty. Hernandez pleaded not guilty.
The police returned to Aaron Hernandez’s home yet again at 8:45 a.m. Eastern this morning. This time, the authorities weren’t looking for evidence or to ask questions.
They put handcuffs on Hernandez and led him away from his home in front of a horde of media members that have been camped out at Hernandez’s home for the last nine days since the dead body of Odin Lloyd was found less than a mile away.
The charges against Hernandez are unknown at this point. At the very least, he appears to be facing obstruction of justice charges.
Since Lloyd’s body was found late last Monday afternoon, Hernandez has engaged in three actions that have hindered the investigation by Massachusetts police investigators.
First, he had a cleaning crew completely clean his house last Monday. Second, he smashed his personal cell phone that his attorney turned over to cops “in pieces.” And finally, he smashed/destroyed his own home’s security system that included video surveillance.
Hernandez will be arraigned later today and the charges won’t be revealed until then.
Less than two hours after his arrest, the New England Patriots announced the release of Hernandez via the organization’s twitter account. In a statement released by the team, the Pats offered sympathy to the victim’s family and friends and respect to the authorities in their ongoing investigation. In conclusion, the statement indicated that the transaction (Hernandez’s release) “was the right thing to do.”
BE Sports will continue to follow this fluid story here on the website and via twitter.