Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez drove his friend to a remote spot in an industrial park in the dead of night and — still fuming from a fight at a nightclub three nights earlier — “orchestrated his execution,” prosecutors alleged in a
Massachusetts court Wednesday.
Hernandez pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and five firearms charges, including possessing a large-capacity firearm, more than a week after the body of Odin Lloyd, 27, was found near his Massachusetts home.
A judge ordered him held without bail.
Hernandez “drove the victim to the remote spot, and he then orchestrated his execution. That’s what it was,” First Assistant District Attorney William McCauley said in Attleboro District Court.”
As (Lloyd) tried to turn, he was shot in the back, and the defendant and his confederates stood over him and delivered the two fatal shots,” McCauley said, adding: “He orchestrated the crime from the beginning and took steps to conceal and destroy evidence.”
Wearing a white V-neck shirt, red sports shorts and handcuffs, Hernandez showed no emotion as prosecutors laid out a bruising account of what allegedly happened the night Lloyd, a semi-professional football player, was killed, citing what they say is surveillance camera footage, text messages and witnesses who were working the overnight shift who heard gunshots as evidence.
Hernandez wiped tears from his face at the very end of the arraignment.Lloyd’s bullet-punctured body was found by a jogger June 17 in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s North Attleborough home. The death was ruled a homicide.