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Patriots star charged with murder

  • Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty in shooting death
  • Odin Lloyd found dead about a mile from Hernandez's home
  • Patriots say cutting him was 'simply the right thing to do'
Patriots star charged with murder

First Aaron Hernandez lost his freedom, then he lost his job.

The New England Patriots tight end was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty.

Hernandez was arrested Wednesday morning at his home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, about one mile from where the 27-year-old Lloyd's body was found on June 17.

Two hours after his being led away in a V-neck and handcuffs by police Wednesday morning, the star tight end was released by the Patriots. The 2010 draft pick from the University of Florida caught five touchdowns and 51 passes last season for New England. In a statement, team officials said, "At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do."

"A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss."

Lloyd's death has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner's office. Police have searched Hernandez's home and nearby woods several times over the last week as part of their investigation.

Following the now-former Patriot's arrest, Lloyd's sister, Olivia Thibou, said "God is great... It's the best news I've had since my brother was killed last week," according to CNN.

Thibou said she doesn't know whether Hernandez killed her brother, but if he didn't, then "he knows who did." She has told CNN that Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee and that the two men hung out together at a Boston nightclub a few days before Lloyd was killed.

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