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TODAY   |  June 27, 2013

Aaron Hernandez charged with murder, denied bail

The former New England Patriots player is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend, and then covering it up. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and will appeal the bail decision. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

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>>> savannah?

>> all right, al. thank you so much. we have new details on the arrest of nfl star aaron hernandez . this morning he is being held without bail. he is out of a job after being charged with first-degree murder. prosecutors are painting a detailed picture of what they say happened. nbc's stephanie gosk is at the jail in north dartmouth, massachusetts this morning. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. this county jail house is aaron hernandez ' new home at least for now. ten days after the body of odom lloyd was discovered in an industrial park not far from where the nfl player lives. the prosecution alleges that he orchestrated this killing. he called in two men to help him and then he did what he could to cover it up. this morning aaron hernandez woke up in jail, bail denied, accused of first-degree murder. police arrested the football player early on wednesday, walking him out of his massachusetts home in handcuffs. not long after the new england patriots dropped the star tight end from the team. we cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. in court the prosecution laid out the charges against hernandez .

>> he orchestrated his execution. that's what it was.

>> reporter: hernandez and lloyd knew each other because their girlfriends were sisters. the da alleges they were out one night at a boston night club and got into an argument. two days later, hernandez and two other unidentified men picked lloyd up at home at 2:30 in the morning. the victim texted his sister. did you see who i am with? she replied, my phone was dead. who? lloyd wrote, nfl just so you know. the last text lloyd ever sent. prosecutors say hernandez then drove the semiprofessional football player to an industrial park just down the road from hernandez 's massachusetts home where lloyd was beaten and shot multiple times.

>> having been shot three times and somebody stood over him and delivered two fatal shots to his body.

>> reporter: hernandez pled not guilty to the charges and his legal team called the case weak.

>> it is a circumstantial case. it is not a strong case.

>> reporter: during the arraignment the victim's family looked on. at one point lloyd 's mother, in tears, left the courtroom. hernandez faces possible life in prison while the nfl faces another high profile criminal case with one of its players.

>> there are 27 arrests in the nfl this season. will it hurt the television ratings? no. will it hurt the attendance? no.

>> reporter: hernandez 's next legal step is going to be appealing this decision not to grant bail. his lawyers argued that he's not a flight risk. he owns a home. he's never been convicted of a crime. he lives with his fiance and small baby. we're told there will be a hearing later on today. savannah?

>> stephanie gosk outside the jail in north dartmouth, massachusetts , thank you.