Behind bars for more than a year as he awaits trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, Hernandez will remain in jail a little longer. Or a lot longer.
According to the Associated Press, Judge Susan Garsh has denied a motion to dismiss the charge.
She concluded that probable cause exists based on the evidence to believe that Hernandez killed Lloyd, and that circumstantial evidence is sufficient to convict Hernandez. The case against the former Patriots tight end lacks a murder weapon, and there is no reliable, first-person evidence of Hernandez pulling the trigger or even being present when the trigger was pulled.
The motion also attacked lack of evidence of a clear motive, but the judge ruled that evidence of motive isn’t need to prove that Hernandez committed the murder.
Even if the charge had been dismissed, Hernandez would have remained in jail pending trial for the July 2012 murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.