Speaking to the Albany Herald newspaper, former Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch stood by his former teammate, Aaron Hernandez.

“Aaron is a great guy and a great friend of mine and a great teammate,” Branch told the newspaper. “I love him to death, and it was shocking to hear his name involved in this situation. I truly hope and pray he doesn’t have any dealings with it.”

While Aaron Hernandez continues to sit in jail after being denied bail a day earlier, authorities were busy Friday as they continue to pursue the investigation into the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Ernest “Bo Fish” Wallace, sought for being an accessory after the fact, was captured in Miramar, Fla., according to a tweet from the Massachusetts State Police.

In hindsight, Bill Belichick deciding to cultivate a relationship with Urban Meyer might not have been such a hot idea for the Patriots.

Here’s the full statement from the NFL regarding Aaron Hernandez, which was released Thursday afternoon:

“NFL clubs were advised today that if Aaron Hernandez enters into a player contract prior to the resolution of the charges pending against him, the contract will not be approved or take effect until Commissioner Roger Goodell holds a hearing. The purpose of the hearing would be to determine whether Hernandez should be suspended or face other action prior to the charges being resolved.”

Aaron Hernandez was denied bail at a hearing on Thursday afternoon before Superior Court Judge Renee Dupuis in Fall River, meaning the former Patriots tight end will return to jail.

Saying “the Commonwealth [has] presented a case that (is) circumstantial, to be sure, but very, very strong,” Dupuis ordered Hernandez back to jail, and to appear in court for a July 24 probable cause hearing.

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is due back in court Thursday afternoon for a bail review hearing a day after his arraignment on murder and weapons charges, is being investigated for his possible involvement in a double murder in Boston last summer, according to a report from Boston television station Fox 25.

Legal expert Harry Manion, a founding partner of the Boston law firm Cooley, Manion, Jones, joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning to weigh in on the Aaron Hernandez case, and he expressed a sentiment similar to that felt by most others since Hernandez’s appearance in Attleboro District Court Wednesday: It’s not looking good for the former Patriots tight end.

Manion does not see Hernandez winning his expected appeal of being held without bail, and he didn’t see any strong possible defense given the evidence laid out by the prosecution Wednesday.

Bristol County sheriff Tom Hodgson joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning to talk about Aaron Hernandez and what the former Patriot should expect in the days to come while he is incarcerated awaiting his trial on murder and weapons charges.

Hodgson said Hernandez will be kept in a single-person cell in the medical unit for 23 hours a day, with no television or radio, probably through the weekend while his situation is assessed.

Current and former Patriots have stayed quiet about the Aaron Hernandez situation, but one ex-teammate finally spoke up this week.

Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light, in an interview with the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, made a brief comment on Tuesday, one day before Hernandez was arrested and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Odin Lloyd was killed in an industrial park, and Aaron Hernandez will very likely die in prison because of it.