Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder on Wednesday, The Associate Press reports. The verdict carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Hernandez, who pleaded not guilty, was also convicted on firearm and ammunition charges.
On June 17, 2013, 27-year-old Odin Lloyd was shot six times in a deserted industrial park near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass. After police discovered the key to Hernandez's rental car in Lloyd's pocket, the New England Patriots star, 25, was arrested and quickly dropped from the NFL team.
Hernandez's lawyer James Sultan admitted during closing arguments that his client was present when Lloyd was murdered, but claimed that it was Hernandez's two friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, who committed the crime. Wallace and Ortiz pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
No motive for why Hernandez would have killed Lloyd, who was dating the sister of the athlete's fiancé, was presented in court. This is because prosecutors were barred from telling the jurythat Lloyd may have had knowledge of Hernandez's reported involvement in a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston on the grounds of speculation.
Hernandez is still awaiting trial on murder charges as a result of that incident, in which three men were gunned down, two fatally, because they allegedly spilled his drink at a nightclub.