NFL star Aaron Hernandez appeared in court today for the suspected murder of his friend, semi-pro Boston football player Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez plead not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and unregistered gun possession.
Massachusetts prosecution and police allege that the ex-Patriot’s tight end (he was let go by the team amid the scandal) either killed Lloyd, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, or watched him die on June 17 and later destroyed evidence such as his cell phone and home surveillance camera.
Even though Lloyd’s body was found near Hernandez’s home and the two were clearly together on the night of his death, the defense believes the evidence is too weak for their client to be jailed. (The murder weapon has yet to be found.)
As for a motive, it is believed that Hernandez began to feel as if he couldn’t trust Lloyd after he was seen talking to a group of people he “had beef with.” This gang mentality seems to fit with reports that NFL teams and police were concerned about his drug use and “circle of influence” before he was drafted in 2010.