Aaron Hernandez was in court again on Friday, this time for another arraignment following his arrest on first-degree murder and gun-related charges. The former tight end is of course accused of killing Odin Lloyd back in a June shooting and of possessing numerous illegal firearms. But regardless of the mountain of circumstantial evidence that seems to point to his guilt, the former NFL star plead not guilty on all six counts against him during Friday’s arraignment.
It’s not really shocking that he entered the plea he did, because as alleged criminals often do, they proclaim their innocence as loudly as possibly. The next hearing in Hernandez’s case is set for October 9th, but a trial date has still yet to be set…
The only window we’ve had into the former tight end’s mindset during this whole ordeal was the letter than he supposedly wrote to a fan from jail. In the letter, Hernandez stated that he couldn’t wait to prove the doubters wrong and that he would one day again step on an NFL field.
There’s no doubt that the former-Patriot has already been found guilty in the court of public opinion. In fact, I’ve yet to meet anyone who truly thinks he’s innocent. But we must all remember that he deserves his day in court and that there could be details we know nothing about. Stranger things have happened in the court of law and you can’t rule out the possibility of Hernandez’s lawyers having a few tricks up their sleeves.