If you’re sick of the Aaron Hernandez murder case, you can breathe a sigh of relief as a big move was made Friday that will basically expedite this thing getting wrapped up. Two of Hernandez’s associates, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, have both been indicted for murder. This decision by the grand jury means the the prosecutor won’t have to prove that Hernandez was the shooter in the Odin Lloyd murder case.
In other words, Hernandez’s fate is all but sealed. He and his lawyer had all their hopes riding on the prosecution not being able to prove that he was the one who pulled the trigger, but now it doesn’t matter. With all three of the suspects now indicted for Lloyd’s murder, that guarantee Hernandez recently made that he’ll be back on the football field “soon” is now a distant memory.
Speaking of football, the New England Patriots made it just fine without the former Pro Bowl tight end in 2013, advancing to the AFC Championship Game, where they lost to the Denver Broncos. According to RantSports’ own Willis Patenaude, the Patriots would be better off without either member of their former tight end duo in 2014, saying New England should trade Rob Gronkowski.
If that happened, then all of the team’s weapons from its last Super Bowl appearance would be gone as Wes Welker signed with the Broncos as a free agent in 2013. Regardless, the Patriots will be playing the 2014 season (and many thereafter) without Hernandez and the rumors about which NFL might sign him if he goes free are now dead as it’s all but decided he’ll be behind bars for the rest of his life.