Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder, Firearms Violations

Elaine Radford


A judge has ordered no bail for Aaron Hernandez.

Initial Report: Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of a large capacity firearm, according to a statement from the Massachusetts State Police.

He was arrested, handcuffed, and booked in Attleboro District Court.

Aaron Hernandez has been at the center of an investigation into the murder of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez's home. Video evidence showed that Hernandez and Lloyd were together hours before the murder.

The accused tight end is suspected of having destroyed evidence including his home security system and a cell phone before the police searched his home on a warrant.

The Massachusetts State Police had earlier refused to discuss the charges with the public until Hernandez appeared this afternoon in court to be arraigned.

In the wake of the murder arrest and charges, Aaron Hernandez has been released by the New England Patriots. A full report on their statement can be found here.

The evidence to charge Hernandez is compelling, based on the prosecutor's arguments. The Boston Globe has tweeted some of the state's case, including the argument that Hernandez had motive, means, and opportunity for killing Lloyd.

At the time of writing, the defense was still making the case for bail. We will update you when we have more information about what's next for Aaron Hernandez.

— MASS STATE POLICE (@MassStatePolice) June 26, 2013

— MASS STATE POLICE (@MassStatePolice) June 26, 2013

— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 26, 2013

— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 26, 2013