Aaron Hernandez One Year Later


Aaron Hernandez, one year later, has underwent a series of life-changing events that resulted in his NFL career to come to an end and spending his days in a jail cell. It has been a long spiral downward ever since. Despite just one year passing, the trial is far from ending. June 13, 2013 was the end of the New England Patriots’ minicamp for the 2013 NFL season, and on June 18, 2013, Hernandez was being questioned for murder.

Aaron Hernandez, 24, is originally from Connecticut. He eventually attended the University of Florida where he played football for the Florida Gators. Hernandez was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft to play for the prestigious New England Patriots in his senior year of college. As the Patriots’ go-to tight end, Hernandez helped the team get to both an AFC Championship game and Super Bowl XLVI.

His NFL stardom quickly came to an end in 2013. On June 17, 2013, a jogger found the body of Odin Lloyd, who was reportedly dating Hernandez’s fiance’s sister, within a mile from Aaron Hernandez’s million-dollar home. He was questioned the next day and was reported as uncooperative. When investigators returned to his home on June 19, they found that Hernandez was not home.

June 20 led for more questions for Aaron Hernandez. His home security system was destroyed, his cell phone was confiscated and was broken into pieces, and officials saw that he hired cleaners to clean the house on June 17. This was enough for investigators to search his house where they retrieved multiple belongings that led to the arrest of Hernandez on June 26. On that same day, the New England Patriots officially released him from the team.

One year later, Aaron Hernandez still has long road head of him as he reaches the anniversary of his arrest. He was officially indicted for first-degree murder in August, where he also pleaded not guilty a month later. The trial will go forth in October of this year. Since the initial arrest, Hernandez was also indicted on a number of other charges following the alleged first-degree murder charge. He faces charges on three counts of armed assault with the intent to murder, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He has been charged with not only the alleged murder of Lloyd Odin, but also the slayings of Daniel J. Abreu and Safrio Furtado in 2012.

Despite having been released by the New England Patriots, the prestigious NFL team is still being involved with the murder. The Patriots franchise owed Hernandez money, an estimate of about $3 million, prior to his arrest. The family of Abreu is requesting to add the Patriots as defendants, where they would have no choice but to use that money that they owe Hernandez to assist the families of Abreu and Furtado. Attorneys are trying to prevent any money from the Patriots from entering the case.

The Aaron Hernandez murder trial is far from concluding as it is one year later from his initial arrest last June. Hernandez’s life completely turned around after he allegedly murdered three men within a year. His safety is also a concern in the jail cell, as he has had various altercations with other inmates which resulted in numerous requests for jail transfers. The official murder trial will begin on October 6.

By Tricia Manalansan

The Boston Globe
The Washington Times
CBS Sports

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