Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez attends a pre-trial hearing in Fall River, Massachusetts Dec. 22, 2014.
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By NBC News
January 9, 2015

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez goes on trial Friday for the June 2013 murder of a semi-pro football player, a case that exposed the rich young star’s drift into violence and stoked a widening debate about off-the-field behavior of NFL athletes.

Hernandez, 25, is charged with killing Odin Lloyd, a friend whose body was found in an industrial park in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, shot several times and discarded near a mound of construction waste. The case against Hernandez is largely circumstantial, and if he’s convicted he faces life without parole…

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