Updated at 1 p.m. EDT
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury today on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd.
Prosecutors contend that Hernandez orchestrated the slaying of the 27-year-old semi-pro football player on June 17 and Ernest Wallace, an associate of Hernandez’s, was indicted by the grand jury on a charge of being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Another associate who is being held, Carlos Ortiz, was not indicted and, according to the Boston Globe, is cooperating with law-enforcement authorities.
Hernandez also was indicted on five gun-related charges. In a court filing, the Bristol (Mass.) County District Attorney alleges that Hernandez, Wallace and another associate picked up Lloyd at his Dorchester home, then drove him to a North Attleboro industrial park near Hernandez’s home and shot him five times with a .45-caliber Glock that has not been found.
Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend and, shortly after he left his home, prosecutors say that Lloyd texted his sister to indicate who had picked him up. . “NFL. Just so you know,” the text, according to prosecutors, reads.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In addition, a Boston grand jury is considering whether Hernandez is connected to a July 2012 drive-by double slaying.
Filed at 10:49 a.m. EDT
Aaron Hernandez is scheduled to appear in a Massachusetts courtroom this afternoon for a probable-cause hearing, two months after the former New England Patriots tight end was charged with first-degree murder.
Hernandez has been held without bail since his arrest June 26 at his North Attleboro, Mass., home and his initial probable-cause hearing was postponed 30 days until today. Hernandez has entered a not-guilty plea on murder and gun-related charges stemming from the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player, on June 17.
Among the possibilities today: another continuance, an indictment from a Fall River grand jury that has been hearing evidence or an actual probable-cause hearing with evidence presented. (In addition, a grand jury in Boston is considering evidence allegedly linking Hernandez to a drive-by double homicide in July 2012.)
District Court Judge Daniel O’Shea had given prosecutors until today to obtain a grand-jury indictment or present evidence at the hearing. A grand-jury indictment would circumvent the hearing and Hernandez’s lawyers would have to await trial to argue against the prosecution’s evidence.