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Aaron Hernandez Pleads Not Guilty To All Charges

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Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.
Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images.

In the least bit of surprising news in the Aaron Hernandez saga, the former New England Patriots tight end has pleaded not guilty to murder. He answered “not guilty” for each one of the six counts at the Bristol County Superior Court earlier today.

Hernandez is accused of murdering Odin Lloyd on the night of June 17 at an industrial park in North Attleboro, Mass. According to court records filed in Florida, one of the men accompanying Hernandez and Lloyd that night, Carlos Ortiz, reportedly told authorities that Hernandez fired the fatal shots that killed Lloyd. The records say that Ernest Wallace, a possible accomplice of Hernandez’s, told Lloyd that the former NFL star was responsible for Lloyd’s murder.

What was surprising was that Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter and Hernandez’s legal defense team agreed that Hernandez remain in jail without bail. The defense team did say that they may ask for bail at some point in the future, but Sutter says that they will fight any efforts to get Hernandez out on bail.

Sutter told reporters that they won’t comment on the murder weapon, and that “there is a tremendous amount of evidence.” He also said that the trial could take up to two years, but that they’d like to see it completed under one year.

Hernandez will continue to be held without bail until the next hearing, which was set by the judge for Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.