New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday and charged with murder and weapons counts.
The charges were announced more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a mile from the player’s house.
Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits, was found slain June 17. Officials ruled the death a homicide but did not say how Lloyd died.
In court, prosecutors described a killing borne out of a trip to a Boston nightclub on the night of June 14.
Hernandez and two friends picked up Lloyd at home at 2:30 a.m. on June 17, prosecutors said. Surveillance footage from Hernandez’s home shows him leaving earlier with a gun. He also told someone in the house that he was upset and couldn’t trust anyone anymore, prosecutors said.
After picking up Lloyd, Hernandez said he was upset with Lloyd because Lloyd had spoken with people Hernandez had trouble with during their outing to the nightclub, prosecutors said.
After that conversation, Lloyd texted his sister, “Did you see who I am with,” prosecutors said. When his sister asked who, he answered at 3:22 a.m., “NFL,” then, a minute later, “Just so you know,” prosecutors said.
Between 3:23 a.m. and 3:27 a.m., people working the overnight shift at the industrial park reported hearing gunshots, authorities said.
It’s not clear who investigators believe fired the shots.
Hernandez’s attorney, Michael Fee, asked for bail, saying Hernandez is not a flight risk, is a homeowner and lives with his fiancée and an 8-month-old baby. He also said Hernandez had never been accused of a violent crime.
“It is at bottom a circumstantial case. It is not a strong case,” Fee said.
The judge ordered Hernandez held without bail pending further proceedings.
The Patriots have cut Hernandez from the team. They drafted Hernandez, who is originally from Bristol, Conn., out of the University of Florida in 2010. Last summer, the Patriots gave him a five-year contract worth $40 million.