Judge denies Hernandez bail appeal
June, 27, 2013
By ESPN.com news services
A judge denied Aaron Hernandez's request for bail Thursday, one day after the former New England Patriots tight end was charged with murder.
Hernandez was ordered held without bail after being charged Wednesday with first-degree murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd along with five weapons-related counts.
Hernandez appeared Thursday in Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. with his attorneys, James Sultan and Michael Fee.
Although Sultan argued that Hernandez is not a flight risk, Judge Renee Dupuis called the prosecution's case "circumstantial but very, very strong."
"The facts, as I understand it, suggest that basically a cold-blooded person killed another person because that person disrespected him," Dupuis said.
A prosecutor said Thursday that evidence against Hernandez is "overwhelming." He said a search of a condo leased by Hernandez turned up an ammunition clip matching the caliber of casings found at the scene of Lloyd's death.
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