The saga of New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez’ involvement in the murder of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd reached its climax on Wednesday, as after handing in tampered evidence in the form of a broken cell phone and home surveillance tapes in an attempt to obstruct justice and having his home searched in an arrest and search warrant before the weekend, Hernandez was finally arrested and charged with murder.
As expected, the New England Patriots finally cut the cord on their connection with Hernandez once it was confirmed that he was to be charged with first degree murder. Lloyd was shot multiple times with a semi-automatic weapon and his body was found in an industrial area miles away from Hernandez’ home. Cleaners were called that week and evidence Hernandez handed to investigators was clearly tampered with, instantly signalling that the tight end would be a key suspect in this case.
Five addition weapons charges were handed to Hernandez, whose playing career appears to be on ice for now and not by choice as he is to be held without bail. The star pass catcher will now be behind bars and awaiting trial in what looks to be a case where all signs are showing at least some level of guilt coming towards Hernandez.
The arraignment at the Attleboro District Court also saw Hernandez charged with possessing a firearm without a license, possessing a large capacity firearm and a firearm without an ID card.
Hernandez plead not guilty to all charges.
As Bristol County assistant district attorney William McCauley presented the synopsis of the State’s evidence against Hernandez, the mother of the victim fled the packed courtroom in tears – Hernandez, standing with his attorney and handcuffs adorning his tattooed wrists stood glaring at McCauley, occasionally breaking his focus and peering into the seated crowd.
McCauley concluded his remarks by accusing Hernandez of orchestrating Lloyd’s “Execution”, contacting accomplices and putting into action a plan that would end Lloyd’s life, while defense attorney Michael Fee called the prosecution’s argument “Circumstantial” and “not a strong case”, then addressing the bail portion of the hearing by arguing that his client should be treated as any other member of society and given the opportunity for bail so that he “can return home to his eight month old daughter”
Given the situation it was no shock that Judge Daniel O’Shea ordered Hernandez to be held without bail despite the defenses argument that Hernandez had proven that he was not a flight risk.
Part of his decision probably based on the fact that the murder weapon is as yet unrecovered and Hernandez’s destroying of key evidence in the case already.
Hernandez’s legal team promised to appeal the bail decision, but in the interim his next court appearance has been set for July 24th. For now the murder investigation of Odin Lloyd continues and the once bright and promising career of one of the NFL’s breakout tight ends appears to be over for the foreseeable future as Hernandez could be facing spending the rest of his career, and potentially life, behind bars in what is one of the most shocking events in NFL history involving an active player.