On Thursday, the court denied bail for the former tight end of New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez. He was charged of arranging for the murder of his friend 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.
After listening to evidence, Judge Renee Dupuis denied granting Hernandez release with a wrist bracelet or house arrest.
One of the player’s lawyers Jamie Sultan said that his client would not flee after release due to his deep ties to the community. He argued that the celebrity status of his client made him ineligible to be a flight risk. He also pointed that before this charge, the player did not have any criminal record beside his name.
However, the judge said that releasing a person charged with first-degree murder is very rare.
Hernandez and his accomplices murdered Lloyd over a bar fight. They drove the victim to a remote industrial park and shot him there. Police discovered the body from a park located near Hernandez’s Massachusetts home.
The player lives with his girlfriend and their infant girl.