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July 26, 2013

Hernandez appears to be holding gun in released photos

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Additional evidence includes boxes of ammunition found at a condominium Hernandez leased and a magazine for a .45-caliber Glock in a Hummer registered to him, said Bristol County Assistant District Attorney William McCauley. Authorities say Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber gun, though it apparently has not been recovered. McCauley said an ammunition box had Hernandez’s fingerprints on it.

Sultan said his client has already been jailed for four weeks and that the district attorney could have waited to bring charges, but chose to go ahead last month.

“He made it sound like a slam dunk case,” Sultan said.

Outside court, another of Hernandez’s attorneys, Charles Rankin, said he was “extremely disappointed” that prosecutors weren’t prepared to go forward and that he’s confident Hernandez will be exonerated.

Hernandez’s girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins, was in court for the hearing — Hernandez mouthed “I love you” in her direction before he was led out. She did not respond to reporters’ questions as she left the courthouse.

Members of Lloyd’s family also attended the hearing but did not comment.

Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd’s killing because he was upset at him for talking to people Hernandez had problems with at a nightclub a few days earlier.

They say Hernandez and two associates, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, drove with Lloyd to the North Attleborough industrial park. Authorities have not said who fired the shots, but documents filed in Florida — and released since Hernandez’s last court appearance — paint the former Patriot as the triggerman. According to the records, Ortiz told police that Wallace said Hernandez fired the shots.

Hernandez was kicked off the team within hours of his arrest. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick broke his silence Wednesday, saying the Patriots will learn from “this terrible experience,” and that it’s time for New England to move forward.

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