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Hernandez arraignment set after murder indictment

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago September 06, 2013 Sep 6, 2013 Friday, September 06 2013 September 06, 2013 9:04 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez will be arraigned Friday on a first-degree murder charge following his indictment in the killing of a friend.

A Massachusetts grand jury indicted Hernandez last month in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.

Hernandez was arrested in June and pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in district court. The indictment moves the case to superior court.

Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd's killing because he was upset at Lloyd for talking to some people Hernandez had problems with.

Defense attorneys say the evidence is circumstantial and don't believe the state's case will hold up.

Hernandez is being held without bail.

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