The Commercial Appeal

Judge denies bail for Hernandez over murder case

- From Our Press Services

FALL RIVER, Mass. — A judge on Thursday denied bail for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a friend.

Hernandez’s lawyer argued that Hernandez is not a risk to flee and the case against him is circumstan­tial.

But a prosecutor said the evidence is “overwhelmi­ng.” A search of a condo leased by Hernandez turned up an ammunition magazine matching the caliber of casings found at the scene of the killing of Odin Lloyd, the prosecutor said.

Lloyd’s body was discovered by a jogger in a remote area of an industrial park not far from Hernandez’s home 10 days ago. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutor­s called Lloyd’s killing an execution-style shooting orchestrat­ed by Hernandez because his friend talked to the wrong people at a nightclub. Hernandez could face life in prison.

Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Bill McCauley said prosecutor­s believe the murder weapon was a .45-caliber Glock pistol and that a gun Hernandez is seen holding on his home surveillan­ce video, a weapon they haven’t found, appears to be a Glock.

The prosecutor said that inside Hernandez’s Hummer, investigat­ors recovered an ammunition magazine for .45-caliber bullets and that ammunition was found inside the condo.

Hernandez was cut from the NFL team less than two hours after he was arrested and led from his North Attleborou­gh home in handcuffs, and nine days after Lloyd’s body was discovered. The 2011 Pro Bowl selection had signed a five-year contract last summer with the Patriots worth $40 million.

Another man, Carlos Ortiz, 27, was arrested Wednesday in Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn., as part of the murder i nvestigati­on, New Britain State’s Attorney Brian Preleski said Thursday. Ortiz waived extraditio­n to Massachuse­tts. Prison records show he is being held on $1.5 million bail at a Hartford jail.

Ortiz’s public defender, Alfonzo Sirica, declined to comment.

Lloyd, 27, a semipro foot- ball player with the Boston Bandits, had known Hernandez for about a year and was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, the mother of Hernandez’s 8-month-old baby, McCauley said.


Vikings sign LB: The Minnesota Vikings have signed veteran Desmond Bishop to a one-year deal. The 28-year- old Bishop comes to Minnesota from rival Green Bay.

Bishop missed all of last season with an injured hamstring and was cut by the Packers last month.

Former Jets safety dies: Jim Hudson, who helped the New York Jets to their only Super Bowl title in 1969, has died in Austin, Texas. He was 70.

Hudson was a starting safety against the Baltimore Colts and made a key play in the first half of the Jets’ 16-7 Super Bowl III victory. The Colts were trailing 7- 0 when they tried a flea-flicker from Earl Morrall to Tom Matte and back to Morrall, who never saw a wide- open Jimmy Orr waving his arms near the goal line. Instead, Morrall threw to Jerry Hill near the Jets 10, but Hudson stepped in front for an intercepti­on.

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