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Aaron Hernandez denied bail

Posted at 3:28 PM, Jun 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-27 15:38:51-04

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was denied bail Thursday and will remain in jail until his trial for first-degree murder.

A Bristol County, Mass. judge denied Hernandez’s lawyers request for bail, concluding that the prosecution has a strong case against Hernandez.

“The facts, as I understand them, I think the Commonwealth has presented a case that is circumstantial to be sure, but very, very strong,” Judge Renee Dupuis said.

Lloyd’s body was found with multiple gunshot wounds June 17 in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home. Lloyd was a semipro football player who was allegedly dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiance.

The prosecution contends a sedan Hernandez rented was also seen driving to and from the site where Lloyd’s body was found and 45-caliber gun shell casings found at that scene match shell casings found in the same rented vehicle.

The prosecution is seeking life without the possibility of parole for the former star athlete.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the case.