Aaron Hernandez appears during an arraignment. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)
Maureen Mullen, Special for USA TODAY
FALL RIVER, Mass. -- Six times on Friday a Superior Court clerk read a charge against Aaron Hernandez and asked for his plea, and six times the former New England Patriots tight end answered strongly:
Hernandez pleaded not guilty to the murder of friend, 27-year-old semipro football player Odin Lloyd and five accompanying weapons charges at his arraignment for an indictment handed down by a Fall River grand jury two weeks ago.
Hernandez, who will seek bail at an Oct. 9 hearing, will remain held in a Bristol County correctional facility, where he has been since his arrest on June 26.
The former NFL star, dressed in a dark suit and a white short with an open collar, glanced occasionally at his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, as the charges were read. She sat in the first row of the court room. On the other side of the room, sat Lloyd's mother, weeping.
When Hernandez was originally charged, a Bristol County District Court judge ordered him held without bail.
His alleged accomplices also remain jailed. Ernest Wallace, 41, has been indicted as an accessory after the fact, and is being held in lieu of $500,000 cash bail. Carlos Ortiz, 27, has been charged with illegal possession of a firearm and, until now, has agreed to be held without a bail hearing.
Prosecutors say the three men were in the car on the night that Lloyd was shot five times and killed in an industrial park in North Attleborough, approximately a half-mile from Hernandez's mansion.