Rise and fall of Aaron Hernandez

Updated 1:12 PM ET, Thu November 18, 2021
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Former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez attends his murder trial in Fall River, Massachusetts, on Thursday, January 29. The state accused Hernandez of orchestrating the shooting death of semi-pro player Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister, in 2013. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder, but he was convicted on Wednesday, April 15, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Steven Senne/pool/AP
Hernandez is led into a Boston courtroom to be arraigned in May 2014. Evidence collected in Lloyd's death investigation led to two additional murder charges against Hernandez in a separate case in Boston. In that case, Hernandez is accused of shooting Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, allegedly over a spilled drink at a nightclub. The double shooting took place in July 2012, almost a year before Lloyd was killed. Hernandez, who pleaded not guilty, will be tried in that case after the Lloyd trial. Dominick Reuter/Pool/AP
At a news conference in May 2014, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley announces that Hernandez has been indicted for the July 2012 killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. Elise Amendola/AP
Hernandez is brought into the Attleboro, Massachusetts, District Court for his arraignment on June 26, 2013. He was charged with first-degree murder in Lloyd's death. Hernandez was released by his NFL team, the New England Patriots, less than two hours after his arrest. Keith Nordstom/Ai Wire//Landov
Hernandez catches a pass during Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012. Joe Robbins/Getty Images
Hernandez scores a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVI. Rob Carr/Getty Images
Hernandez celebrates his Super Bowl touchdown. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Hernandez answers questions during Super Bowl Media Day on January 31, 2012. Michael Heiman/Getty Images
Hernandez scores a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills on January 1, 2012. Hernandez played three seasons with the Patriots, catching 18 touchdowns. Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Tattoos on Hernandez's arm are visible during a pregame warmup on December 4, 2011. Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Hernandez looks up after being tackled during a game in Philadelphia on November 27, 2011. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
Hernandez carries the ball as the Patriots play the Cincinnati Bengals in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on September 10, 2010. Bob Rosato/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images
Hernandez, center, reacts during the SEC Championship game between the Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide on December 6, 2008. Hernandez's Gators went on to win the national title. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images