After a hearing in which the defense argued that Aaron Hernandez should be granted bail and the prosecution offered a few more nuggets of evidence, a judge ruled that the former New England Patriots tight end should remain in jail.
Hernandez, who is facing murder and gun-related charges, watched the hearing impassively, then was taken back to the Bristol County jail amid chants of “innocent” from the crowd.
James Sultan, a criminal defense attorney, argued that Hernandez should be granted bail, questioning the evidence and motive and saying that his client is not a flight risk because he owns a home and has a fiancee and a daughter in North Attleboro, Mass. Hernandez entered a not-guilty plea Wednesday.
Judge Renee P. Dupuis of Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., wasn’t buying it, noting that although the evidence is circumstantial, it’s a strong circumstantial case.
“Despite the fact that he has a fiancee and a baby and is a home owner, he also has the means to flee and a bracelet wouldn’t keep him here,” she said. “Nor would $250,000 [bail]. I’m going to deny the defendant’s petition.”
Assistant district attorney William McCauley revealed a bit more of its case, saying that a search of a leased condominium turned up .22- and .45-caliber ammunition. Also, a search of a Hummer turned up a .45 clip; a .45 is believed to have been the weapon used to kill Odin Lloyd.
As the hearing was unfolding, so was another search of Hernandez’s home, with the possibility of yet another still to come tonight.