Aaron Hernandez indicted on first-degree murder charge
posted at 8/22/2013 3:48 PM EDT
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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez already had been charged by prosecutors with first-degree murder and several weapons violations in the June 17 death of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player from the Boston area. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men drove with Lloyd to a North Attleboro industrial park, where Lloyd was shot multiple times and left for dead.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.
The Bristol County clerk of the court said the grand jury brought six charges against Hernandez: first-degree murder and five weapons violations. NFL.com's Rich Hollenberg also confirmed the indictment.
The indictment essentially reaffirms the charges already brought by prosecutors against Hernandez.
The grand jury also indicted two others connected to Hernandez, The Associated Press reported. Hernandez associate Ernest Wallace, 41, is charged with accessory to murder after the fact, according to The AP. A relative of Hernandez, Tanya Singleton, is charged with criminal contempt.
Prosecutors say Hernandez killed Lloyd because Hernandez was mad at him for what happened a few days earlier, when Lloyd talked to people Hernandez had problems with at a Boston nightclub.
Investigators have not explicitly said who fired the fatal shots, but court records filed in South Florida indicated that another man who was there that night, Carlos Ortiz, 25, told authorities that Wallace called Hernandez the shooter.
Ortiz has pleaded not guilty to a charge of illegally carrying a firearm.
The Patriots released Hernandez hours before the initial murder charge was announced.
Along with the Attleboro case, Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson told NFL Network in June that Boston police also were investigating Hernandez in connection to a 2012 double homicide.