Once a promising star with a bright future on the gridiron, former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be arraigned next week in Superior Court on murder and weapons charges in the killing of a Boston man in June.
The arraignment is slated for 2 p.m. on Sept. 6 at Fall River Superior Court, the Bristol district attorney’s office said this morning.
An arraignment for Hernandez’s co-defendant, Ernest Wallace, has not yet been scheduled.
Hernandez was indicted last week on a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, who was found shot to death in a North Attleborough industrial park not far from Hernandez’s home on an upscale street.
If convicted, Hernandez, who is currently being held without bail, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
Hernandez was originally arrested in late June and arraigned in District Court. His indictment moves the case to Superior Court.
The All-Pro tight end’s story has generated headlines, presenting the sensational case of a wealthy young NFL star allegedly squandering his bright prospects through one, or possibly more, acts of deadly violence.
Authorities are also investigating whether Hernandez participated in a double homicide in Boston in the summer of 2012, The Boston Globe has reported. That allegation raises the specter that Hernandez had already murdered someone when he took the field for the team last season.