Prosecutors believe a TMZ Sports photo shows Aaron Hernandez brandishing the gun he used to murder Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez is currently in court in an effort to have the murder charge dismissed -- but during the hearing, prosecutors raised several reasons why the case should go on ... and used the TMZ Sports pic to support their claim.
The photo was subpoenaed by prosecutors -- who examined the meta-data from the pic and determined it was taken in 2009 at an apartment where Aaron was living at the time.
During today's hearing, prosecutors said the gun in the pic appears to be a "Glock firearm" -- which officials believe is consistent with the gun used in the Lloyd murder.
"It was consistent with the ballistic evidence in this case, projectiles recovered from the body of Odin Lloyd, as well as the shell casings that had distinct markings that at least were consistent with the markings from the Glock manufacturer," prosecutors said.
The hearing is still going on -- and the judge has yet to rule on whether she will toss the murder charge.