ATTLEBORO, Mass. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of a friend whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the ex-player's home.
The six-count grand jury indictment charges Hernandez with killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez's girlfriend.
Hernandez, 23, pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in June, and is being held without bail.
He had a brief court appearance in Attleboro on Thursday. Afterward, his attorney Michael Fee said the defense was pleased to be on a path to a jury trial and was looking forward to testing the prosecution's evidence.
"There has been an incredible rush to judgment in this case," and the state doesn't have enough evidence to prove the charges," he said.
The Bristol County grand jury also indicted two others in the case: Hernandez associate Ernest Wallace and Hernandez's cousin Tanya Singleton.
Wallace is charged with accessory to murder after the fact. Prosecutors have said he was with Hernandez the night Lloyd died.
Singleton is charged with criminal contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury, Bristol County District Attorney Samuel Sutter said. She has been jailed since Aug. 1. A recent affidavit said that, after Lloyd's killing, Singleton bought Wallace a bus ticket.
HGH testing Saying the National Football League Players Association is "holding HGH testing hostage" after more than two years of squabbling with the league, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee warned that Congress could get involved.
In a statement emailed by his office to The Associated Press, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland said the union "continues to disregard its promise to implement HGH testing."
He added: "Continuing to block HGH testing in this way essentially will force Congress to intervene, which nobody wants."
Panthers 34, Ravens 27 in Baltimore Former 49er Ted Ginn Jr. returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown, and the Carolina defense scored three times.
Drayton Florence took an interception 71 yards into the end zone, Thomas Davis scored on a two-yard fumble return and D.J. Moore intercepted a pass by Tyrod Taylor and ran 31 yards for a touchdown.
Lions 40, Patriots 9 in Detroit Reggie Bush, the multi-purpose back brought in to provide a spark for Detroit this season, ran for one yard on six carries, but he had five catches for 103 yards.
Buccaneers Guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence Tynes are being treated for MRSA infections.
Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik confirmed Thursday that Nicks has an infected blister on the side of his left foot and Tynes has an infected toe on his right foot. MRSA is a staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics.
Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III was fined $10,000 by the NFL for wearing unauthorized apparel, a T-shirt with "Operation Patience" on it.
Jets Geno Smith will start over Mark Sanchez at quarterback when the Jets face the Giants on Saturday.