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Aaron Hernandez Update: NFL star "orchestrated" murder of semi-pro football player, prosecutor says

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and his attorney, Michael Fee, appear in Attleboro District Court in Attleboro, Mass., June 26, 2013. CBS

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and his attorney, Michael Fee, appear in Attleboro District Court in Attleboro, Mass., June 26, 2013.
Aaron Hernandez and his attorney, Michael Fee, appear in Attleboro District Court in Attleboro, Mass., Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
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(CBS) NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. - Prosecutors say NFL star Aaron Hernandez "orchestrated" the murder of 27-year-old Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.

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Hernandez was ordered held without bail Wednesday afternoon after pleading not guilty to first-degree murder and gun related charges in the death of Odin Lloyd, who was found shot to death in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's house on June 17.

The 23-year-old Hernandez, who was released by the New England Patriots earlier Wednesday following his arrest, was arraigned in Attleboro District Court. He is charged with first-degree murder, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a large capacity firearm.

Authorities say .45 caliber shell casings were found at the scene where the victim was found. Police say they have not recovered the murder weapon.

In court Wednesday, the prosecutor recounted the events of June 17, saying Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd in Dorchester around 2:30 a.m. in a rented Nissan Altima.

Hernandez was allegedly upset with Lloyd about speaking to someone at Club Rumor in Boston earlier in the weekend and claimed he couldn't trust him, according to the prosecutor.

The four men drove around Boston, then headed south down Routes 128 and 95 and eventually onto Route 152 in the Attleboro area. During the ride, Lloyd exchanged texts with his sister, according to the prosecutor. The last one was sent at 3:23 a.m.

Investigators say surveillance video showed the Altima entering a gravel road that leads to a field in an industrial park near Hernandez's home at 3:23 a.m.

The prosecutor said overnight workers in the park reported hearing gunshots at that time. Surveillance images showed the Nissan leaving the scene at 3:27 a.m.

Hernandez and the two associates then returned to Hernandez's home less than two minutes away and shut off the surveillance video system, according to investigators.

Lloyd's body was discovered later that day - around 5:30 p.m. - by a jogger.

Prosecutors said Hernandez eventually changed cars, disposed of the gun and then destroyed his home surveillance system.

State Police say the investigation is ongoing, and there have been no other arrests. It is unclear whether the two men allegedly with Hernandez and Lloyd on the night of the murder are cooperating with police.

Prior to exiting court Wednesday, Hernandez, who has an 8-month-old baby with his girlfriend, blew a kiss to someone in court.

Lloyd's mother was reportedly overcome with emotion during the arraignment and had to leave the courtroom.

The next court date in the case is July 24.

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