According to MSNBC reports, Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday 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-county 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. It also contains weapons counts, according to the Fall River division of Bristol County Superior Court.
The grand jury also indicted two others connected to Hernandez. Hernandez associate Ernest Wallace is charged with accessory to murder after the fact. A relative of Hernandez, Tanya Singleton-Valderamma, is charged with criminal contempt. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in June. His lawyers say the case against him is circumstantial. He had a brief court appearance Thursday and is being held without bail.
He could face life in prison if convicted.