As McCauley outlined the killing, Lloyd’s family members cried and held each other. Two were so overcome that they had to leave the courtroom.
The Patriots said in a statement after Hernandez’s arrest but before the murder charge was announced that cutting Hernandez was ‘‘the right thing to do.’’
‘‘Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation,’’ it said.
Hernandez, originally from Bristol, Conn., was drafted by the Patriots in 2010 out of the University of Florida, where he was an All-American.
During the draft, one team said it wouldn’t take him under any circumstances, and he was passed over by one club after another before New England picked him in the fourth round. Afterward, Hernandez said he had failed a drug test in college — reportedly for marijuana — and was up front with teams about it.
A Florida man filed a lawsuit last week claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club in February.
Hernandez became a father on Nov. 6 and said he intended to change his ways: ‘‘Now, another one is looking up to me. I can’t just be young and reckless Aaron no more. I'm going to try to do the right things.’’
Associated Press writers Bridget Murphy in Boston and Howard Ulman in North Attleborough contributed to this report.