Wednesday, 26. June 2013
The Aaron Hernandez saga continued Wednesday afternoon when the tight end was officially charged with one count of murder and five counts of weapons possession in connection with the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez was taken into custody at his Massachusetts home early Wednesday morning, and later in the afternoon prosecutors outlined their case against the former New England Patriot. Prosecutors said Hernandez and two colleagues picked up Lloyd at his home at 2:30 a.m. the morning of the incident. Investigators also said surveillance footage from Hernandez’s home showed him leaving his residence with a gun in tow. In addition, Hernandez reportedly told an unnamed person in the home that he couldn’t trust anybody anymore.
After picking up Lloyd, prosecutors said Hernandez told him he was upset with Lloyd’s actions at the nightclub. Prosecutors said Lloyd interacted with people Hernandez had a beef with at the club.
After the conversation in the vehicle, Lloyd sent a text message to his sister, saying, “Did you see who I am with.” His sister asked who he was with, and Lloyd responded with a three-letter text at 3:22 a.m., “NFL.”
A minute later he sent a follow up text with the message, “Just so you know,” prosecutors said.
Between 3:23 a.m. and 3:27 a.m., employees working the overnight shift at the nearby industrial park reported hearing what sounded like gunshots.
Investigators have not yet said who they believed fired the shots.
Hernandez was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on murder charges. Despite his lawyer’s request for bail, the judge ordered Hernandez held without bail pending further proceedings.
Defense Lawyer Weighs In
Criminal Lawyer Avery Appelman, says that this case appears to be a strictly circumstantial case.
“The prosecution will rely on video surveillance and text messages from the deceased victim to prove that Hernandez killed Lloyd. It is one thing to prove Hernandez was with Lloyd, it is another to prove he shot and killed Lloyd and then tried desperately to cover those actions up,” said Appelman. “For this prosecution to have traction, they will need some testimony from folks who are aware of the Hernandez’s actions the night of the murder.”
Appelman went on to say that finding witnesses might prove difficult for the prosecution.
“Appreciating Hernandez’s ties to the streets and alleged gang affiliations, it may prove difficult to obtain any information from those folks,” said Appelman. “Hernandez may not be the shooter, but it appears he may know more about the incident. The prosecution will use his arrest and charges as leverage to get him or another witness to talk.”
Related source: ESPN