The family of Odin Lloyd has started to speak out about the crime that took the 27-year-olds life and as they do that, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez sits in a jail cell awaiting his trial for murder, which could occur next year.
According to ESPN.com, Hernandez is facing first degree murder charges along with five other gun charges and he could end up getting life in prison for what the state calls "overwhelming" evidence against him. The details of that evidence came out in a hearing for bail as well as in Hernandez's arraignment on Wednesday and includes video of Hernandez with a gun, getting back to his home soon after the order as well as text messages from the night of the shooting.
Aaron Hernandez and Fiancé Shayanna Jenkins were friends with Lloyd, as he was dating Shanea, the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend. The couples spent time together over the year and the relationship between Hernandez and Lloyd soured recently when prosecutors say that Lloyd spoke to the wrong people at a club. That incident occurred a week prior to the killing and reportedly it included him disrespecting Hernandez in some way.
The evidence shows the two together the night of the murder and also detailed text messages that Lloyd sent to his sister that seemed to fear for his safety. Hernandez was brought in and charged on the back of that evidence and he also was linked to it though shell casings that were found at the scene that were a match to other ammo. If all that wasn't enough, Hernandez is also now being looked at in connection with a double murder from last year that occurred in Boston.
That case could help fuel this one, as it could show a pattern and that also is one reason why he was denied bail, as the judge suggested he had the means and the reason to flee due to the nature of the case. Lloyd was found in an industrial park after the "execution" style killing and the prosecution said that Hernandez may have been one of the men to pull the trigger. Police have already brought in two other men in connection with the crime, although it is unclear exactly what their roles were and how they pertain to Hernandez.
The sat signed a $40 million contract with the Patriots and the team took a camp hit to release him after he was arrested. His past has come under light as well and his time at Florida had issues with drugs and fighting among other issues.