Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s request for bail Thursday was denied, one day after he was charged with first-degree murder and five gun-related charges in the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez’s lawyer James Sultan argued that his client should have been freed on bail because he was not at risk to flee and the case against him is circumstantial.
“This gentleman, either by himself or with two other individuals that he requested come to the Commonwealth, basically, in a cold-blooded fashion, killed a person because that person disrespected him,” said Judge Renee P. Dupuis, who upheld the ruiling of district court judge Daniel J. O’Shea issued Wednesday “If that’s true, and based upon presentation it seems to be, I’m not confident that type of individual would — he obviously doesn’t adhere to societal rules. The idea that I can release him on a bracelet and he would comply with court rules is not something that I am willing to accept.”
According to USA Today and the Associated Press, the police have been searching a third-floor unit in a condo complex in Franklin, Mass., that Hernandez visited in recent weeks.
Condo resident Carol Bailey said that starting Wednesday and continuing Thursday, police removed items from the modest, two-bedroom rental unit and asked her questions about its occupants.
McCauley, in the bail review hearing, said investigators recovered.22- and .45-caliber ammunition from there. Prosecutors said Wednesday that Lloyd was killed by .45-caliber bullets, and investigators discovered a .22-caliber weapon near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass.
Another man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the murder investigation, Carlos Ortiz. Ortiz was arrested in Bristol, Conn., New Britain State’s Attorney Brian Preleski said Thursday.
Ortiz was charged as a fugitive from justice and waived extradition to Massachusetts. He is being held on $1.5 million bail at Hartford Jail.