Hernandez charged with murder, released by Patriots
After being the center of controversy for over a week, New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning.
Hernandez was arraigned later Wednesday at Attleboro District Court and charged with murder and five gun-related charges. He plead not guilty.
The 23-year-old had been a key part of the investigation of the death of Odin Lloyd, with whom Hernandez was acquainted. Lloyd was found dead in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home last week.
The arrest happened at 9:00 a.m. EST, as Hernandez was led from his mansion to a police car in a pair of handcuffs wearing a white t-shirt, red shorts and black tennis shoes.
ABC reported last Friday that a warrant would be issued for Hernandez’s arrest on charges of obstruction of justice after his home surveillance system and cell phone were shattered, according to sources.
Less than two hours after Hernandez left his North Attleboro house in handcuffs, the Patriots made a statement announcing Hernandez’s release.
“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss,” the Patriots said in the statement. “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.”
Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the team last summer. In three seasons for the Patriots, Hernandez had 175 receptions for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns.