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Aaron Hernandez Update: Murder case of former New England Patriots star moved to superior court following indictment

Former New England Patriots football tight end Aaron Hernandez stands during a bail hearing in Fall River Superior Court Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez, charged with murdering Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player, was denied bail. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald, Pool) AP Photo/Boston Herald, Pool, Ted Fitzgerald

Aaron Hernandez in court, August 22, 2013.
CBS Boston
Updated 2:25 p.m. EST

(CBS) FALL RIVER, Mass. - A probable cause hearing planned for Thursday in the Aaron Hernandez case was delayed after the case was transferred from Attleboro District Court tspao Fall River Superior Court.

The move was prompted by an indictment of the former New England Patriots star, which was handed down Thursday in the murder case of Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

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Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of the 27-year-old Lloyd, who was found fatally shot June 17 near Hernandez's Massachusetts home. He could face life in prison if convicted.

Hernandez appeared briefly in Attleboro District Court Thursday afternoon where a judge set a hearing for Aug. 30 in the superior court. The former NFL star wore a black suit with a white button-down shirt and appeared in good spirits as he laughed with a bailiff. Prior to exiting court, he turned to an individual in the court and mouthed, "I love you."The six-count indictment also contains weapons counts, according to the Fall River division of Bristol County Superior Court. The indictment was confirmed by Fall River Superior Court shortly before Hernandez was due back in court.

A judge last month granted a delay in the proceeding after prosecutors asked for more time to present evidence to a grand jury.

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Prosecutors say Hernandez orchestrated Lloyd's killing because he was upset at him for talking to people Hernandez had problems with a few days earlier. Hernandez's lawyers say they are confident he'll be exonerated.

Hernandez is being held at a county jail without bail.

Two Hernandez associates, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, also face charges in connection with Lloyd's death. Wallace was indicted Thursday as being as accessory to murder after the fact. He has pleaded not guilty. Ortiz faces a gun charge and has pleaded not guilty.

The indictment of Hernandez's cousin, Tanya Singleton, was also handed down Thursday. She faces a charge of contempt for refusing to appear in front of a grand jury in the investigation into Lloyd's death. Singleton faces arraignment on Friday.

Earlier this week, CBS Springfield reported police uncovered a gun they say was used in a 2012 double-murder in Boston, a crime police allege could be linked to Hernandez.

Citing a state police report, the station reported that police discovered the weapon in the car of Jailene Diaz-Ramos, 19, of Bristol, Conn., after she was involved in an accident June 21 on I-91 in Springfield, Mass.

Boston Police have been investigating Hernandez, who is originally from Bristol, in connection with the 2012 murders. Police say a vehicle towed from Hernandez's uncle's home in Bristol matches the description of a car that was being sought in connection with the fatal shooting in Boston's South End.

According to the police report obtained by the affiliate, Diaz-Ramos told police that friends of hers who were football players put the gun in the trunk.

Diaz-Ramos was charged with firearms violations and released on $1,000 bail. It is unclear what the connection may be between Diaz-Ramos and Hernandez beyond both of their ties to Bristol.

Hernandez has not officially been named a suspect in the 2012 double-murder.

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