HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez still has at least one fan left following his murder charge: Snoop Dogg.
The rapper, who has seen his own share of legal troubles, showed his support for Hernandez on Instagram. Snoop posted a photo on July 4 of them with the caption, “Keep ya head up !! We prayn 4 ya.”
Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, faced murder charges of his own in 1993 before a jury acquitted him in the death of a gang member.
Hernandez has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his friend Odin Lloyd, whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors say Hernandez, 23, orchestrated Lloyd’s execution-style slaying. They say it happened after the two went to a night club a few days earlier and Lloyd spoke to people Hernandez didn’t want him talking to. Two other men are also facing charges in connection with the death of Lloyd, who played linebacker for the Boston Bandits semi-pro football team. Hernandez and Lloyd were dating sisters.
Hernandez’s lawyers say the case against him is circumstantial and that he’s eager to clear his name.
Hernandez signed a five-year contract worth $40 million with the Patriots last year but was released the day of his arrest.
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