Fall River, MA (Sports Network) - Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron
Hernandez was in Fall River District Court on Thursday, this time to learn
that his appeal to be released on bail was denied.
Hernandez was arrested Wednesday on a murder charge and denied bail stemming
from a homicide investigation into the death of Odin Lloyd on June 17. He
pleaded not guilty.
Less than two hours after his arrest the Patriots cut ties with the former
University of Florida standout, releasing the former Pro Bowl selection.
On Thursday, Hernandez's defense team, led by Michael Fee, made an appeal for
Hernandez to be released on bail. Defense attorney James Sultan's argument
focused on Hernandez's celebrity not allowing him to flee and the lack of a
criminal record should allow him to receive bail.
However, Superior Court Judge Honorable Renee Duplas disagreed.
In addition to first-degree murder, Hernandez also faces five gun-related
charges, including carrying a firearm without a license.
Reports also surfaced Thursday that Hernandez is being investigated in
connection with a July 2012 double murder in Boston. The Boston Globe reported
the additional investigation, citing two law enforcement officials briefed on
According to the Globe, Daniel Abreu and Safino Furtado were shot dead in the
early morning of July 16, 2012, in their car while at a traffic light. The
paper said that Lloyd may have had knowledge of Hernandez's involvement in
that murder, serving as motive.
"The motive might have been that the victim knew (Hernandez) might have been
involved," one of the officials said to the Globe.
Hernandez, who signed a five-year contract extension worth a reported $40
million last summer, spent three seasons with the Patriots. He set career
highs of 79 catches, 910 receiving yards and seven touchdowns during his Pro
Bowl season of 2011. He played in just 10 games due to injuries last year and
finished with 51 receptions for 483 yards with five touchdowns.
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