Fall River, MA (Sports Network) - Former New England Patriots tight end AaronHernandez was in Fall River District Court on Thursday, this time to learnthat his appeal to be released on bail was denied.
Hernandez was arrested Wednesday on a murder charge and denied bail stemmingfrom a homicide investigation into the death of Odin Lloyd on June 17. Hepleaded not guilty.
Less than two hours after his arrest the Patriots cut ties with the formerUniversity of Florida standout, releasing the former Pro Bowl selection.
On Thursday, Hernandez's defense team, led by Michael Fee, made an appeal forHernandez to be released on bail. Defense attorney James Sultan's argumentfocused on Hernandez's celebrity not allowing him to flee and the lack of acriminal record should allow him to receive bail.
However, Superior Court Judge Honorable Renee Duplas disagreed.
In addition to first-degree murder, Hernandez also faces five gun-relatedcharges, including carrying a firearm without a license.
Reports also surfaced Thursday that Hernandez is being investigated inconnection with a July 2012 double murder in Boston. The Boston Globe reportedthe additional investigation, citing two law enforcement officials briefed onthe matter.
According to the Globe, Daniel Abreu and Safino Furtado were shot dead in theearly morning of July 16, 2012, in their car while at a traffic light. Thepaper said that Lloyd may have had knowledge of Hernandez's involvement inthat murder, serving as motive.
"The motive might have been that the victim knew (Hernandez) might have beeninvolved," one of the officials said to the Globe.
Hernandez, who signed a five-year contract extension worth a reported $40million last summer, spent three seasons with the Patriots. He set careerhighs of 79 catches, 910 receiving yards and seven touchdowns during his ProBowl season of 2011. He played in just 10 games due to injuries last year andfinished with 51 receptions for 483 yards with five touchdowns.