Former New England Patriots' TE Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

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BOSTON, M.A. (FOX News)--Aaron Hernandez, the former star New England Patriot tight end who had been at the center of an investigation after a body was found near his Massachusetts home, was charged Wednesday with the murder of a semi-professional football player.

Hernandez did not react in the Attleboro District courthouse that was packed with journalists, victim family members and court officers.

Hernandez was arrested by state police and the North Attleboro Police Department Wednesday morning at his home in the town of Attleboro.  

Police entered the home at 8:45 a.m. and about two minutes later, came out with a handcuffed Hernandez. The tight end was wearing a white V-neck T-shirt, with his arms inside the shirt and behind his back. He casually spit into some bushes on his way to the car.

About two hours after news of his arrest, the Patriots announced his release.

"Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process," the team's statement said.

Phone messages left earlier by FoxNews.com for Hernandez's lawyer and the Bristol District Attorney's Office were not immediately returned.

In recent days, law enforcement searched near both Hernandez's home and the industrial park where Odin Lloyd's body was found. At least three search warrants have been issued in connection with the investigation.

Lloyd, 27, was a semi-pro football player for the Boston Bandits who was reportedly found dead on June 17 with multiple gunshot wounds.

Lloyd's  family says he was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. They say the two men were friends and were out together on the last night of Lloyd's life. Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, declined to comment at her Boston home Wednesday morning.

"Nothing to say, please. Thank you," she said, before shutting the door.

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