Former New England Patriot Hernandez pleads not guilty to murder indictment

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Watch: Aaron Hernandez arraigned on charge of first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd.

FALL RIVER, Mass. – Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge Friday following his indictment in the killing of a friend authorities say was shot five times in an industrial park.

Hernandez firmly answered “not guilty” to six charges, including murder and weapons and ammunition possession charges.

His attorneys agreed that Hernandez, 23, will continue to be held without bail, but reserved the right to request bail later. His next court hearing was set for Oct. 9.

Defence attorney Charles Rankin said outside the courthouse that Hernandez’s legal team is confident the ex-Patriot will be exonerated during a trial. “Not one shred of evidence has been presented yet,” he said.

READ MORE: DA says claim by Hernandez defence lawyers is untrue

The arraignment “is like the opening kickoff,” Rankin said…

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