ATTLEBORO, Mass. (June 26, 2013)—Ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged Wednesday with murder and weapons offenses in connection with the slaying of a semi-pro football player whose body was found in an industrial park about a mile from his home.
The charges were revealed Wednesday in Attleboro District Court after Hernandez was arrested at his sprawling home in North Attleborough, Mass.
The Patriots cut Hernandez from the team less than two hours after the arrest.
The investigation started more than a week ago after semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was found slain in an industrial park.
Lloyd's family says he and Hernandez were friends and that Lloyd's girlfriend and Hernandez's fiancee are sisters.
Authorities say Lloyd was shot repeatedly in the back and chest.
They say Hernandez was upset with Lloyd after the two had a dispute at a nightclub a few days before.
Officials ruled the death a homicide, but did not say how Lloyd died.