Jun 26, 2013; North Attleborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots former tight end Aaron Hernandez (left) stands with his attorney Michael Fee as he is arraigned in Attleboro District Court. Mandatory Credit: The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Pro football player Aaron Hernandez faces first-degree murder and five other charges in connection with the shooting death of 27-year-old acquaintance Odin Lloyd, whose body was found more than a week ago about a half mile from the North Attleborough, Mass., home of Hernandez.
"Based on the nature of the crime, the nature of the case, and the likelihood and the means" Hernandez has to flee, Bristol County, Mass., Assistant District Attorney William McCauley asked that Hernandez be held without bail, and the court agreed.
The judge also placed a gag order on the case. District Attorney Samuel Sutter met with the media after the court proceedings and said he will comply with the judge's orders. However, Sutter did make a plea for information from anybody listening or watching who may have such information.
Shortly after he was arrested, and before charges were leveled in court, Hernandez was cut by the New England Patriots team he played for since being drafted out of the University of Florida in 2010. Last year, Hernandez received a five-year, $39.8 million extension.
Soon after the arrest, the Patriots and the NFL -- who conducted their own investigations of the situation -- issued statements that distanced them from Hernandez.
The football player pleaded not guilty to all charges. In addition to murder, he was charged with carrying a firearm without a license; two counts of possession of a large capacity firearm; and two counts of possession of a firearm without a valid ID card.
Police claim to possess footage of Hernandez stating "you can't trust anyone anymore," while holding a firearm before picking up Lloyd after 2:30 a.m. with the two other men, according to the assistant district attorney. The case outlined against him points to an exchange between Hernandez and Lloyd at a club two nights earlier.
Hernandez is alleged to have arranged to pick up Lloyd in a rented vehicle along with two other men, whose names or status in this case have not been revealed. Both were questioned by authorities as they were leaving Hernandez's home last week. However, the assistant district attorney referred to the men as "confederates."
Lloyd allegedly texted a family member asking "did you see who I was with?" According to the assistant district attorney, Lloyd followed with a text that said "NFL."
The prosecution claims that shots were heard near the Hernandez home between 3:23 and 3:27 a.m. the morning that Lloyd's body was found.
Curiously, McCauley referred to Hernandez as "orchestrating" the shooting, but it is never stated who is believed to have done the shooting.
During the arraignment, it was also detailed that Hernandez was captured by surveillance video in the area claiming a rented Nissan Altima, at the scene of the crime near his home and returning the car to the rental agency where a shell casing and the same type of bubblegum Hernandez purchased at a gas station. That stop was also caught on camera.
Defense attorney Michael Fee called the case "weak" and evidence against his client circumstantial in asking for bail, which was denied. Fee also requested a gag order be issued.