Another NFL Scandal: Hernandez Charged With Murder
Cops escorted former NFL player Aaron Hernandez out of his Massachusetts home in red athletic shorts, a white, t-shirt, and handcuffs earlier this week after an investigation into the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player.
Over the course of a week, Hernandez has gone from a Patriot’s tight end with a $40 million contract to a murder suspect locked in a Massachusetts county jail.
On the morning of Wednesday June 26, Hernandez, 23, was arrested, subsequently let go by the Patriots, and then handed first-degree murder charges and five gun-related offenses including carrying a firearm without license and possession of a large capacity firearm.
A timeline of the alleged crime
Allegedly, Hernandez orchestrated a hit on Lloyd, and then carried it out with the help of another man. Prosecutors say that the crime was a result of an argument the two friends had at a Boston nightclub on June 14, specifically regarding Lloyd’s relationships with people that Hernandez disliked.
In the arraignment hearing, the prosecution alleged that on June 16, Hernandez asked two friends to come back to Massachusetts to help him. Footage found on surveillance cameras outside Hernandez’s home show him exiting the house with a gun, as well as telling someone inside that he could not trust anyone and was upset.
Relative’s of the murder victim have stated that he was currently in a relationship with the fiancee of Hernandez’s sister, and that the two friends were out together on the night that Lloyd died. At 3:22 that night, Lloyd texted his sister, “Did you see who I am with?” and “NFL, just so you know.” According to police reports, Lloyd’s body was found in an industrial park after being shot in the back and chest numerous times.
Hernandez pleaded not guilty to the charges, and is being held without bail with a probable cause hearing scheduled for July 24. The murder charge against him carries a life sentence without parole.
Murder charges are not new to the NFL
Hernandez is not the first professional athlete, or even NFL player to be charged with murder, however. Including Ausar Walcott, the Cleveland Browns rookie linebacker who was arrested for attempted murder earlier this week, Hernandez is the fourth NFL player to be charged with murder while active in the league.
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