Aaron Hernandez was denied bail by a Massachusetts superior court judge on Thursday afternoon. The former New England Patriots tight end was originally denied bail at his arraignment on Wednesday where he was charged with first-degree murder along with five other charges related to firearm possession.
Hernandez is accused of murdering 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Hernandez's defense lawyers said, however, that the prosecution's case wasn't strong enough to hold the former Patriots tight end without bail. The judge disagreed, citing a "strong circumstantial case" against him.
Hernandez will now be held at the Bristol County House of Correction and Jail until his next court date -- currently set to be a probable cause hearing on July 24, though other appeals could cause that date to change.
The probable cause hearing requires the prosecutor to prove a crime was committed, and that there is probable cause that the defendant committed the crime. It operates like a miniature version of the trial, with the chance for evidence and witnesses to be presented. If the judge finds probable cause, the case will then be turned over to a grand jury for an official indictment.
Prosecutors could seek to get Hernandez back in court before that date by seeking a grand jury hearing to press for a formal indictment, according to a report from USA Today. That could happen in the next two or three weeks, if the prosecution pursues that route.