Aaron Hernandez charged with murder, various gun related charges

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder during his arraignment today. He was arrested earlier this morning before being released by the Patriots.

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has formally been charged with murder today. He was arrested earlier this morning, but charges were not announced at that time. With his arraignment earlier today, it is now known that Hernandez will face first-degree murder charges for allegedly killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez has been at the center of the investigation since Lloyd's body was discovered in an industrial park near the Hernandez home last week. Previously, it had been reported that an arrest warrant for Hernandez was prepared on obstruction of justice charges, but that warrant was never executed.

This morning, police arrested Hernandez at his home, leading him away in handcuffs. Two hours later, it was announced via Twitter that the Patriots had released the tight end.

Hernandez was also charged with five gun-related charges. Hernandez entered a not-guilty plea. The court ordered him held without bail.

You can follow more on the case in our StoryStream on the right side of this page, or you can check out the coverage on SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit.

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