(CBS) BOSTON - A judge denied bail again Thursday for Aaron Hernandez, the embattled NFL star charged with murdering an acquaintance earlier this month.
Hernandez, who was released from the New England Patriots following his arrest Wednesday, was ordered held without bail on a first-degree murder charge and five weapons counts in the death of Odin Lloyd, a Boston semi-pro football player.
Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Bill McCauley said Thursday that they are seeking the maximum sentence for Hernandez, life without parole.
In the bail review hearing Thursday afternoon in Fall River Superior Court, Hernandez's attorneys, Michael Fee and Jamie Sultan, argued that their client is not a flight risk because he has a fiancée and an 8-month-old baby to take care of.
Sultan fought for a high cash bail, GPS monitoring and house arrest, if necessary.
DA McCauley argued that Hernandez has the means and motivation to flee and that he intentionally interfered with the investigation prior to his arrest.
McCauley also claimed Hernandez helped his two "confederates" who were at the murder to flee by getting them a new rental car after the shooting.
The judge sided with the prosecution, admitting that their case was circumstantial at this point, but that it was "very, very, strong."
Hernandez's fiancée was crying in court following the hearing.
Prosecutors say the 23-year-old Hernandez orchestrated the execution-style shooting of Lloyd, 27, in a field near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass. on June 17. When questioned by the judge Thursday, prosecutors said the alleged motive in the killing is the fact that Hernandez was upset because Lloyd talked to certain individuals at a nightclub.
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