A judge ruled on Thursday that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will remain in jail on a first-degree murder charge.
Hernandez, who was arrested at his home Wednesday, is accused of killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a former semi-pro football player who was reportedly Hernandez's friend. Lloyd's body was discovered in an industrial park near Hernandez's home on June 17.
Defense attorney James Sultan argued that Hernandez should have been released on bail because he was not a risk to flee while awaiting charges. Hernandez owns a home in North Attleborough, Mass., and has a 7-month-old daughter, Sultan argued, according to USA Today.
But prosecutors brought in new evidence that convinced Superior Court Judge Renee Dupuis to rule against the appeal.
"Despite the fact that he has a fiancee and a baby and is a home owner, he also has the means to flee and a bracelet wouldn't keep him here," she said, according to The Washington Post. "Nor would $250,000 [bail]. I'm going to deny the defendant's petition."
Prosecutors said police found .45-caliber bullets in a condo rented by Hernandez and in a car linked to him on Wednesday – the same caliber bullets Hernandez allegedly used to kill Lloyd, The Boston Globe reported.
"This is a case where as far as we know, there is no eyewitness testimony, there are no inculpatory admissions, there has been no indications any direct evidence as to who shot the decedent, who was present when the decedent was shot, whether there was a plan to kill the decedent and any other indication that if there was such a plan, Mr. Hernandez was part of it. They may have such evidence, they many not your honor. But they haven't shown it to us as yet at this early stage of the case," Sultan told Dupuis.
Dupuis said she considered the case against Hernandez to be "circumstantial, to be sure, but very, very strong."
Though he is already facing murder charges, police are also investigating Hernandez in connection with a 2012 double murder in Boston, according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation.
Investigators believe that a fight broke out at a club last July between two men – Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado – and a group that included Hernandez, The Boston Globe reported.
Abreu was driving a BMW sedan and stopped at a traffic light when a silver or gray SUV with Rhode Island license plates pulled alongside the sedan. Someone from the SUV opened fire, killing Abreu, 29, and Furtado, 28, according to The Boston Globe. The officials said investigators now believe that Lloyd may have had information about Hernandez's role in the double slaying, suggesting a motive for Hernandez to kill Lloyd.
The Boston Police Department located and impounded a silver SUV with Rhode Island registration, and believe that Hernandez was renting the SUV at the time of those killings, CNN reported.
Hernandez's next scheduled appearance in district court has been tentatively set for July 24 for a probable cause hearing, according to USA Today.