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Aaron Hernandez Update: Authorities search lake in Conn. for weapon in ex-NFL star's murder investigation, report says

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, stands with his attorney, Michael Fee, right, during a hearing in Attleboro District Court June 26, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass.
Aaron Hernandez appears during a probable cause hearing in Attleboro District Court, Wednesday July 24, 2013, in Attleboro, Mass.
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(CBS) BRISTOL, Conn. - Police confirmed that crews are in the process of searching a lake in Bristol, Conn. for a weapon that may be connected to the Aaron Hernandez murder investigation, CBS affiliate WFSB reports.

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Police from Bristol County, Mass., along with members of the Connecticut State Police Dive Team, were seen searching Pine Lake in Bristol, according to the station.

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Hernandez, who is originally from Bristol, is currently being held without bail on first-degree murder charges in the June 17 death of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated the execution-style shooting of Lloyd, 27, in a field near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass. because Lloyd talked to the wrong people at a nightclub. Authorities say a .45-caliber gun was used in the shooting, but it has not been recovered.

The 23-year-old Hernandez, who was released from the New England Patriots following his June 26 arrest, still has family living in Bristol.

Carlos Ortiz, a Hernandez associate who faces a gun charge in connection with Lloyd's death, is also from Bristol.

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