Aaron Hernandez smirks in court as he is indicted in the murder of semi-pro football player whose bullet-riddled body was found a mile from NFL star's home
- Former New England Patriot has been indicted on first-degree murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd whose body was found June 17
- On Thursday, he looked at ease and mouthed 'I love you' to someone in court
- Hernandez, 23, 'killed Odin, 27, because he was upset with him for talking to people he did not like at a nightclub days earlier'
- The former football star faces life in prison if he is convicted
By ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 12:13 EST, 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:21 EST, 22 August 2013
Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez smirked in court today as he was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of a friend whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the ex-player's home.
The six-count grand jury indictment charges Hernandez with killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.
Prosecutors claim that Hernandez, 23, orchestrated Lloyd's killing because he was upset at him for talking to people Hernandez had problems with at a nightclub days earlier.
Hernandez and two other men, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, allegedly picked Lloyd up at his home in Dorchester early on June 17 and then drove to the industrial park. The body was found by a jogger later that day.
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Charges: Aaron Hernandez, pictured smiling at his hearing today, has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of a semi-pro football player, Odin Lloyd, whose body was found near his home
In court: Hernandez, pictured in Attleboro, Massachusetts today, faces life behind bars if convicted
Nonchalant: Hernandez, 23, looked relaxed as he appeared in court, two months after his arrest
Hernandez, who was dropped by the Patriots within hours of his arrest on June 26, could face life in prison without parole if convicted.
Hernandez appeared briefly in Attleboro District Court on Thursday for a previously scheduled probable-cause hearing and looked relaxed.
Victim: The body of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd was found on June 17 about a mile from Hernandez's home
At one point he even mouthed the words 'I love you' to someone in the courtroom, the Boston Herald reported.
The indictment also contains weapons counts, according to the Fall River division of Bristol County Superior Court.
Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in June, and he is being held without bail at a county jail. His lawyers say the case against him is circumstantial and they're confident he will be able to clear his name.
Shortly before Lloyd's death, authorities say, Lloyd sent his sister text messages. He asked if she had seen who he was with when he got into the car in Boston.
Then he indicated who it was in a way that Lloyd's family said he knew his sister would understand. 'NFL,' he wrote. 'Just so you know.'
Moments later, authorities say, Lloyd was dead after gunshots rang out in an unpaved construction area by a warehouse after he apparently got out of the car for what he thought was a bathroom break.
Authorities have not said who fired the shots, but according to court documents, Ortiz told police in Florida that Wallace said it was Hernandez.
Appearance: Hernandez is lead from a sheriff's van into a courthouse in Attleboro on Thursday
Supporters: People shout support for Hernandez as he returns to the van after the probable-cause hearing
Loss: A woman wears a button with a picture of Odin Lloyd as she listens during the court proceedings
Wallace has pleaded not guilty to a charge of accessory to murder after the fact. Ortiz has pleaded not guilty to a firearm charge. Both are being held in jail without bail.
Authorities have said they haven't found the murder weapon, which they believe was a .45-caliber Glock pistol, but warrants released earlier this month suggested Hernandez may have asked his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, to dispose of it.
Investigators did recover a magazine for .45-caliber bullets in Hernandez's Hummer as well as ammunition of the same caliber inside a condo he rented in Franklin, Massachusetts.
Authorities also recovered a shell casing that matched those found at the homicide scene after tracking the rental car Hernandez was in the night Lloyd died.
Since then, Boston police have asked police in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Connecticut for their help with the probe into Lloyd's homicide as well as a 2012 double homicide near a Boston nightclub.
Questions: Warrants earlier this month claimed that Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez's fiancee (pictured in court earlier this month), may have helped him dispose of the weapon that killed Odin
Allegations: Carlos Ortiz, (center), is shown during a hearing in court in Bristol, Connecticut in June. He faces a gun charge but has told authorities that Hernandez confessed to the murder
A Connecticut police lieutenant said authorities searched the home of Hernandez's uncle, seizing an SUV sought in the double killing that had been rented in Hernandez's name.
Two men died in the July 2012 shooting in Boston's South End, with witnesses reporting that gunfire came from inside a gray SUV with Rhode Island tags.
Boston police haven't reported any arrests in the deaths of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28, and won't comment on whether Hernandez is a suspect.
Hernandez is also facing civil litigation after a Connecticut man filed a lawsuit asserting the former player shot him in the face in February after they argued at a Miami strip club.
Alexander Bradley, who says he lost an eye, told police at the time he didn't know who shot him.
In July, a judge ordered him to appear before the Fall River, Massachusetts, grand jury hearing evidence against Hernandez in Lloyd's homicide.
Arrest: Hernandez was arrested for the murder and led out of his home in handcuffs on June 26, pictured
Former career: Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, was dropped after his arrest
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