Ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez to remain in solitary confinement

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is arraigned on charges of murder and weapons...

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is arraigned on charges of murder and weapons violations in Attleborough, Massachusetts, after being arrested, June 26, 2013. Hernandez, a 23-year-old rising football star with the New England Patriots, was arrested by police in a murder investigation and fired by the team on Wednesday, another blot on the National Football League's tightly protected image. (REUTERS)

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Accused murderer and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will remain in solitary confinement inside a Massachusetts jail because it’s in “his best interest,” a Bristol County official told TMZ.

According to TMZ’s source, jail officials feel moving Hernandez into the general population will put him at risk of being preyed upon by violent offenders who might view him as a prize.

The source went on to claim that the ex-NFLer is doing well and even has frequent visitors, although the source wouldn’t go as far to identify any of Hernandez’s acquaintances.

Hernandez, 23, last month was charged with killing Odin Lloyd, 27, a semi-pro football player.

He was later fired by the Pats. He pleaded not guilty to all charges, including five counts related to illegal firearms possession.

The court documents included an autopsy showing that Lloyd had been shot several times and that two projectiles consistent with .45 caliber ammunition were recovered from his body.

At an apartment rented by Hernandez in Franklin, Massachusetts, police discovered five boxes of .45 caliber cartridges, according to the documents.

During an earlier search of Hernandez's home, investigators found an Hungarian rifle with an attached magazine in a black gym bag on the back seat of a Toyota sedan parked in the garage.

They confiscated video footage from the residence that showed two men in the driveway changing their clothes by the car, a silver 2012 Nissan Altima, apparently rented by Hernandez on the night of the murder. Other footage showed three men entering the house.

Prosecutors said Hernandez shot Lloyd execution-style after becoming upset with him days earlier at a Boston nightclub. Lloyd's body was found June 17 in an industrial area near Hernandez's house in North Attleborough, about 40 miles (60 km) south of Boston.

Two other men have been taken into custody in connection with the case. Ernest Wallace, who is suspected of being an "accessory after the fact," turned himself in to police in Miramar, Florida, last month. Another man, Carlos Ortiz, was arrested in Connecticut on charges of being a fugitive from justice.

Before being fired on the day he was arrested and charged, Hernandez had been a rising star in the National Football League, a tight end with a $41 million contract with one of the league's top franchises.

--With files from Reuters


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