Aaron Hernandez Indicted For 1st Degree Murder
Former Patriots pro bowl tight end Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of Odin Lloyd.
Lloyd’s dead body was found with five execution style bullet wounds on June 17. Hernandez was arrested nine days later for murder and weapon charges.
Hernandez, 23, pleaded not guilty to all counts. Despite being indicted today, Hernandez’s lawyer Michael Fee was outspoken about his client shortly after the Grand jury’s decision.
“Aaron Hernandez is an innocent man as we stand here today,” Fee said.
“There has been an incredible rush to judgment in this case. It has been based on innuendo and misrepresentation of facts. Today we are one step closer to a trial where the evidence will be tested…We do not believe the Commonwealth has sufficient evidence to carry its burden before a jury.”
Two others involved in the case, Tanya Singleton (Hernandez’s cousin) and Ernest Wallace (associate of Hernandez), were indicted as well. Singleton for criminal contempt for failing to comply with honest testimony before and grand jury, and Wallace for accessory to murder after the fact.