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Patriots were ‘taken aback’ by murder charge

When the Patriots cut Aaron Hernandez 90 minutes after he was arrested on live television Wednesday morning, many people assumed the team knew Hernandez was about to be charged with first-degree murder, as well as five other weapons charges.

Not so, according to a high-ranking Patriots executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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