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TODAY   |  July 25, 2013

Aaron Hernandez back in court as Belichick speaks out

The former New England Patriots star stood quietly throughout his 45-minute court appearance Wednesday, as his former coach Bill Belichick spoke for the first time, saying “it’s time for the New England Patriots to move on.” NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

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>>> let's begin this half hour, though, with some new details on the arrest of nfl star aaron hernandez . he was back in court on wednesday as his former coach spoke to the media for the first time since hernandez 's arrest. nbc's ron mot is outside gillette stadium . that's where the patriots play. ron , good morning to you.

>> reporter: matt, good morning to you. aaron hernandez was in court yesterday for a probable cause hearing in the death of a friend last month. tomorrow the patriots open training camp for fans here, and they are trying to put aaron hernandez behind them. unshaven and appearing thinner than a month ago when denied bail on a murder charge, former $30 million nfl star aaron hernandez stood quietly throughout his court appearance on wednesday, at one point mouthing i love you to where his girlfriend is sitting, as family members of the man he's accused of gunning down cried.

>> given the facts of the case as we know them, we're confident that aaron is going to be exonerated.

>> it's really a sad day on so many levels.

>> reporter: while hernandez stood in court, his ex-coach spoke for the first time since his arrest last month, largely about how the team evaluates players it hires, a system and culture that had been lauded across the nfl called the patriot way.

>> we try to look at every single situation on a case-by-case basis and try to do what's best for the football team and what's best for the franchise. most of those decisions have worked out, but some don't.

>> reporter: hernandez , who has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of a friend named odin lloyd was said to have been upset with lloyd for, "chilling" with people that hernandez had problems with during a trip they made to a boston bar . the alleged beef, sources tell nbc news, may have involved information lloyd had about a double homicide last summer. police are investigating whether hernandez was involved in those killings. hernandez played in ten games aft last sas on after the double murder , scoring five touchdowns.

>> that patriots brand is forever damaged.

>> reporter: this week tom brady told a sports illustrated website, he's, quote, moved on. earlier this month, they allowed fans to trade in their hernandez jerseys for other players.

>> it's time for the patriots to move on. our goal is the same. to be a winning football team , to be a pillar in the community.

>> reporter: aaron hernandez is due back in court on august 22nd . meantime, prosecutors continue to put evidence before a grand jury , trying to win a murder indictment. aaron hernandez is in yajail this morning, held without bail, matt.

>> ron mott in massachusetts this morning. thanks very much.