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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted with a first degree murder charge, TMZ.com reports.

In June, Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder, possessing a firearm without a license, possessing a large capacity firearm and possessing a firearm without an ID card in connection with the death of an acquaintance. The indictment includes those charges, which Hernandez initially plead not guilty to.

Aaron Hernandez investigated in two additional murders

The 23-year-old NFL player became the focus of an investigation surrounding the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd after police searched Hernandez's home and also found that his security system and cell phone were destroyed.  Surveillance footage shows Hernandez was with Lloyd just two hours before his death.

Following the arrest, the Patriots released Hernandez, who they signed to a five-year, $40 million contract last summer.