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5:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Patriots' Hernandez Held Without Bail on Murder Charge

Yesterday was a pivotal day in the life of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. He was charged with murdering a friend and fired from the team all in the same day. Rhode Island Public Radio's Flo Jonic was on hand for his arraignment in Attleboro District Court.

Former Patriots' tight end Aaron Hernandez' home, where he was arrested Wednesday for murdering a friend.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Aaron Hernandez was dressed in the same clothes he was arrested in: a white, v-neck tee shirt and red shorts. He showed no emotion as Bristol County prosecutor Bill McCauley laid out the state's case against him.

McCauley said Hernandez 'executed' his friend by firing at least five bullets into his body, including two which hit the heart. The alleged motive: the two had argued a couple of nights earlier about who Lloyd was talking to at a nightclub.

Prosecutors say Hernandez drove Lloyd to a North Attleboro industrial park to kill him. Overnight shift workers at a nearby factory heard the sound of gunshots. They say they recovered five spent .45 caliber shell casings at the scene. The murder weapon has not been found.

Prosecutors successfully appealed to the court for Hernandez to be held without bail. Given his money, they say he was a flight risk. Defense attorney Michael Fee said Hernandez has not fled so far and would not do so in the future. Clearly, the judge had his doubts.

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