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Aaron Hernandez appears to be holding a gun in grainy photos released in court documents

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The Boston Globe tweeted out a couple of pictures of what appears to be former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is being held on charges of first-degree murder, holding a gun. The grainy photos were included in documents related to the case that were released in Attleboro District Court on Thursday.

The Globe doesn't specifically say if the pictures were from June 17, the night Odin Lloyd was shot and killed. However, CBSBoston.com, which reported the pictures are from Hernandez's home and screenshots from his surveillance video, said one of the pictures was taken 10-15 minutes after Lloyd was killed. Prosecutors have said that there was surveillance video of Hernandez holding a gun at his house the night of Lloyd's killing.

An affidavit that was released said there are four photos of Hernandez holding a gun in his basement minutes after Lloyd was killed, the AP reported. There are also two photos of Hernandez holding a gun in his living room before Lloyd was killed, the report said. The surveillance video at Hernandez's house cut off shortly after he returned home, which was minutes after Lloyd was shot.

On June 17, prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, picked up Lloyd and drove him to an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's house. Lloyd was found dead later that day, shot five times.

Police believe Lloyd was shot by a .45 caliber Glock pistol. That weapon has not been found yet.

Hernandez was denied bail, and when he appealed it was denied again with the judge saying the prosecution had a "very, very strong" circumstantial case against Hernandez.

Here is the other photo the Globe tweeted out:

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