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Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder, Released By Patriots

The prosecutor said overnight workers in the park reported hearing gunshots at that time.  Surveillance images showed the Nissan leaving the scene at 3:27 a.m.

Hernandez and the two associates then returned to Hernandez’s home less than two minutes away and shut off the surveillance video system, according to investigators.

Lloyd’s body was discovered several hours later – around 5:30 p.m. – by a jogger.

Prosecutors said Hernandez eventually changed cars, disposed of the gun and then destroyed his home surveillance system.

After pleading not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday, the judge ordered Hernandez held without bail.  Both sides were also told not to discuss the case in the media.

Hernandez blew a kiss to someone in the court before he was led away around 3:20 p.m.

The day’s events unfolded earlier when Hernandez was led out of his home by officers around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday and taken away in the back of a North Attleboro police cruiser.

Aaron Hernandez arrested at his home in North Attleboro, June 26, 2013. (Photo courtesy: Boston Globe-George Rizer)

Aaron Hernandez arrested at his home in North Attleboro, June 26, 2013. (Photo courtesy: Boston Globe-George Rizer)

He was wearing a white t-shirt and had his arms inside the shirt and behind his back, handcuffed, as two officers escorted him out the front of his house and into the car.

Hernandez was booked at the North Attleboro Police Station. He was then driven to Attleboro District Court around 1:45 p.m.   He arrived in handcuffs at 2 p.m. for his arraignment.

Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter told reporters he would speak to the media about the investigation after the arraignment.

At about 10:25 a.m., the Patriots issued this statement:

“The New England Patriots have announced the release of tight end Aaron Hernandez following his arrest in the investigation of a homicide last week in North Attleboro, Mass.

“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.”

Timeline Aaron Hernandez Investigation

The NFL released this statement on Twitter at 11:30 a.m:

“The involvement of an NFL player in a case of this nature is deeply troubling. The Patriots have released Aaron Hernandez, who will have his day in court. At the same time we should not forget the young man who was the victim in this case and take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathy to Odin Lloyd’s family and friends.” (Continued…)


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