Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to murder, gun charges at arraignment

Jay Busbee
September 6, 2013

Aaron Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez, the former New England Patriot, was present at an arraignment on Friday at Fall River (Mass.) Superior Court in which he spoke for himself. He agreed to remain held without bail, though his attorneys noted that he could request bail later. He answered "not guilty" to all six of the charges against him.

Hernandez was arrested in June shortly after the body of Odin Lloyd was discovered in a Massachusetts industrial park. According to police, Lloyd was shot five times at close range. A Massachusetts grand jury returned an indictment against Hernandez that includes both the charge of first-degree murder and five counts related to gun possession.

Prosecutors claim that Hernandez orchestrated and carried out the murder of Lloyd because of information that Lloyd knew and because of associations he was making at a night club on the night of June 16. Defense attorneys have said the prosecution's case relies heavily on circumstantial evidence.

A New York Daily News reporter noted that, for some at least, support remains strong for Hernandez:

Hernandez is next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 9.

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