NFL star Aaron Hernandez charged with murder

NFL player Aaron Hernandez pictured handcuffed in Massachusetts after being charged with murder and weapons violations. Credit: Reuters

Aaron Hernandez, a 23-year-old American football star with the New England Patriots, has been charged with murder and sacked by his team.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty to one murder charge and five weapons violations in the shooting death of a 27-year-old man.

Hernandez had been questioned by investigators and his house searched after the body of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional American football player for the Boston Bandits, was discovered on June 17th in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez's house.

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