(CBS) FALL RIVER, Mass. -- Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury Thursday in the murder of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, CBS Boston reports.
The indictment was confirmed by Fall River Superior Court shortly before Hernandez was due back in an Attleboro courtroom for a probable cause hearing, the station reports.
A judge last month granted a delay in the proceeding after prosecutors asked for more time to present evidence to a grand jury.
Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of the 27-year-old Lloyd, who was found fatally shot June 17 near Hernandez’s Massachusetts home.
Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd’s killing because he was upset at him for talking to people Hernandez had problems with a few days earlier. Hernandez’s lawyers say they are confident he’ll be exonerated.
Hernandez is being held at a county jail without bail.
Two Hernandez associates, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, also face charges in connection with Lloyd’s death. Wallace pleaded not guilty to a charge of being an accessory to murder after the fact. Ortiz has pleaded not guilty to a gun charge.
Earlier this week, CBS Springfield reported police uncovered a gun they say was used in a 2012 double-murder in Boston, a crime police allege could be linked to Hernandez.
Citing a state police report, the station reported that police discovered the weapon in the car of Jailene Diaz-Ramos, 19, of Bristol, Conn., after she was involved in an accident June 21 on I-91 in Springfield, Mass.
Boston Police have been investigating Hernandez, who is originally from Bristol, in connection with the 2012 murders. Police say a vehicle towed from Hernandez’s uncle’s home in Bristol matches the description of a car that was being sought in connection with the fatal shooting in Boston’s South End.
According to the police report obtained by the affiliate, Diaz-Ramos told police that friends of hers who were football players put the gun in the trunk.
Diaz-Ramos was charged with firearms violations and released on $1,000 bail. It is unclear what the connection may be between Diaz-Ramos and Hernandez beyond both of their ties to Bristol.
Hernandez has not been indicted in the 2012 murders.