(Reuters)—Ex-National Football League player Aaron Hernandez is due to be arraigned on Friday afternoon on murder and weapons charges in connection with the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in June. He has pleaded not guilty.
Hernandez, 23, was a star tight end for the New England Patriots but was cut by the team within hours of his June 26 arrest on allegations that he orchestrated Lloyd's shooting death.
Lloyd's body was found on June 17 in an industrial area near Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Lloyd, 27, had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men drove Lloyd to the industrial park and shot him five times.