The six-court grand jury indictment charges the former tight end with killing the 27-year-old LIoyd who was connected to Hernandez because he was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend. According to the Fall River division of Bristol County Superior Court, the indictment also contains weapons counts.
The 23-year-old Hernandez plead not guilty to murder and weapons charges in June, and is being held without bail at a county jail. His lawyers say that the case against him is “circumstantial” and they are confident that they will be able to clear his name.
If convicted, Hernandez could face life imprisonment. He was set to appear in an Attleboro court on Thursday.
On June 17, Lloyd’s body was found in an industrial park in North Attleboro near Hernandez’s home and prosecutors say he orchestrated LIoyd’s killing because he was upset at him for talking to people that he had issues with at a nightclub two days earlier. Prosecutors say that Hernandez and two associates, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz picked up LIoyd at his home in Dorchester and drove him to the industrial park.
Lloyd sent his sister a text message shortly before his death, asking if she had seen who he was with when he got into the car in Boston. He then wrote “NFL, just so you know” which according to his family would help the sister understand.
Moments later LIoyd was dead according to authorities after gunshots rang out by a warehouse in an unpaved construction area. LIoyd got out of the car because he thought he was stopping for a bathroom break.
It is unknown who fired the shots but according to court documents, Ortiz told Florida police that Wallace said it was Hernandez. Wallace was also being indicted on Thursday as an accessory to the murder after the fact. Ortiz has plead not guilty to a firearm charge. Both are currently being held in jail without bail.
The murder weapon is still unfound, which authorities believe was a 45-caliber Glock pistol. However, a magiazine for .45-caliber bullets were found in Hernandez’s Hummer and ammountion of the same caliber was found inside a condo he rented in Franklin, Mass.
A shell casing that matched the ones found at the homicide scene was also found after they tracked the rental car Hernandez was in on the night of LIoyd’s death.
In what has been a case filled with news, this is another major development. It may be only a matter of time before more news breaks.