Attleborough, MA, United States (4E Sports) – Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge for the death of his friend Odin Lloyd.
Aside from murder, Hernandez was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a rifle without an FID card, two counts of unlawful possession of ammo without an FID card and possession of a large-capacity weapon.
With the indictment, the case now moves from Attleboro District Court to Bristol Superior Court in Fall River. No arraignment date has been set. Hernandez faces life in prison without parole if found guilty.
Before the indictment, Hernandez appeared briefly in Attleboro District Court for a previously scheduled probable-cause hearing.
The 23-year-old former Pro Bowl tight end has been held without bail since June 26, when he was charged with the murder of Lloyd, 27.
Lloyd’s body was found riddled with bullets near Hernandez’s North Attleboro mansion June 17. He was shot with a .45-caliber weapon.
Investigators have released video surveillance photos showing the former football star brandishing a pistol in his home 15 minutes after the slaying of Lloyd, a Boston Bandits semi-pro linebacker.
Co-defendant Ernest Wallace was also indicted by the Bristol County grand jury on a charge of being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.
Hernandez’s cousin, Tanya Cummings-Singleton, was also indicted on a contempt charge. Prosecutors have accused her of buying a bus ticket back to Florida for Wallace and failing to open up to cops.
Authorities are also looking into any possible connection Hernandez may have to a double-murder in July 2012.