Texts, video cited in charges against ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Prosecutors say in the final minutes of his life, semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd sent a series of text messages to his sister.
 
"Did you see who I was with?" said the first, at 3:07 a.m. June 17. "Who?" she finally replied.
 
"NFL," he texted back, then added: "Just so you know."
 
Moments later, 27-year-old Lloyd would be dead in what authorities say was an execution-style shooting orchestrated by New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez because his friend talked to the wrong people at a nightclub.
 
Hernandez was charged with murder and five weapons counts on Wednesday.  A judge ordered him held without bail. If convicted, 23-year-old Hernandez could get life in prison without parole.
 
Hernandez was cut from his NFL team less than two hours after his arrest.

Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, declined to comment at her Boston home Wednesday morning.

"Nothing to say, please. Thank you," she said, before shutting the door.

State police have searched in and around Hernandez's sprawling home in North Attleborough several times. At least three search warrants were issued in connection with the investigation.

The Patriots drafted Hernandez, who is originally from Bristol, Conn., out of the University of Florida in 2010. Last summer, the team gave him a five-year contract worth $40 million.

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