Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had been waiting in jail, without bail, on the charges of the first-degree murder of former semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.
On Thursday, his legal team’s worst-case scenario came true: Hernandez was officially charged with the murder of 27-year-old Lloyd, who was allegedly shot five times, execution-style, on June 17, several law enforcement sources told ABC News.
The Thursday court date had merely been scheduled as a probable cause hearing. However, prosecutors pressed for an indictment ahead of it because they faced the risk of seeing Hernandez released from jail altogether. A probable cause hearing’s purpose is to present evidence to a judge with the suspect in attendance. If the judge does not deem there to be sufficient evidence, the suspect can be released pending trial.
So, instead of the probable cause hearing, prosecutors got their indictment, and now Hernandez officially awaits trial.
Hernandez will still appear in court Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Below is an ABC News report from earlier on Thursday outlining the scenario:
First reported by ESPN and the Associated Press.