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Aaron Hernandez denied bail in Odin Lloyd murder case

June 27, 2013|By Chuck Schilken | This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was denied bail by a Fall River, Mass., judge one day after being charged with the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez's lawyer said the case against his client is circumstantial, while a prosecutor called the evidence "overwhelming." Judge Renee Dupuis agreed with both men's assessments, calling the prosecution's case "circumstantial but very, very strong."

"The facts, as I understand it, suggest that basically a coldblooded person killed another person because that person disrespected him," she said in denying the request for bail.

A crowd gathered around defense attorney Michael Fee outside the courthouse, chanting "Innocent!"

"We believe Aaron should be admitted to bail," Fee said. "We are going to review the judge's ruling and consider other alternatives. It's a shame that [Hernandez] is not available to assist in his defense. Beyond that, we do not comment on the case."

The prosecution said an ammunition clip matching the caliber of casings found at the crime seen had turned up in a search of Hernandez's Hummer. TMZ is also reporting that the prosecutor mentioned a photo the site ran Wednesday night Hernandez is said to have taken of himself holding a gun four years ago.

Hernandez, who is engaged and has an 8-month-old baby, has pleaded not guilty. He faces life in prison if convicted.

[For the record, 3:04 p.m. June 27, 2013: An earlier version of this post reported that Aaron Hernandez had pleaded guilty. He entered a plea of not guilty.]

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