Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez indicted on murder, weapons charges By Graham Winch, HLNtv.com, and Susan Candiotti and Laura Dolan, CNN updated 8:04 AM EDT, Fri August 23, 2013
(HLNtv.com) -- A Bristol County, Massachusetts, grand jury indicted former NFL player Aaron Hernandez on a first-degree murder charge and five weapons charges Thursday. Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, is charged in connection with the slaying of his friend, Odin Lloyd, 27. Prosecutors say Hernandez, 23, orchestrated Lloyd's shooting death. Hernandez and two other men allegedly picked Lloyd up on the morning of June 17; his body was found later that day in an industrial park near Hernandez's home. Hernandez appeared in court Thursday afternoon to hear the court announce the indictment. He was handcuffed and wearing a white collared shirt under a dark sports coat. As he sat down, Hernandez mouthed, "I love you" to a family member sitting in the gallery. Hernandez showed no emotion during the brief hearing. Police search lake in Hernandez case
Police: Gun found in car linked to double killing, Hernandez "There's an incredible rush to judgment in this case," defense attorney Michael Fee told reporters outside the courthouse. Fee said he was pleased with the indictment because it gives his client "a path to trial," and that a jury will find Hernandez "innocent." The former football star has been in police custody since he was arrested on June 26. Prior to the indictment, Hernandez pleaded not guilty.
The indictment circumvented the need for the scheduled probable cause hearing that was originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Upon reviewing the case, a grand jury determined that prosecutors had enough evidence to constitute probable cause, or that the charges are reasonable based on the facts presented. The case against Hernandez is now one step closer to trial. Hernandez investigation turns to finacee's actions
The judge scheduled a hearing for next Friday to deal...
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