Report: New Evidence Found in Hernandez Murder Case
Wed Jul 3, 12:44 PM UTC
The investigation of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has reportedly turned up another key piece of evidence.
According to FOX 25, two properties connected to Hernandez are now part of the ongoing investigation as he remains in a Bristol County jail after pleading not guilty to murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Police have reportedly confiscated evidence from a condo and are searching a home owned by his uncle in Bristol, Conn.
According to the Sun Chronicle, a white hooded sweatshirt “consistent with the one allegedly worn” on the night of the murder has been found in the condo Hernandez rented. The report also states that investigators have “seized a baseball cap and a valet parking ticket from the W Hotel, which is within walking distance of the Rumor nightclub.” That nightclub is where Hernandez and Lloyd were seen together on June 14 and where, according to FOX 25, prosecutors claim "Lloyd made a comment to someone at the club that upset Hernandez and that Hernandez felt Lloyd could not be trusted."
In addition, the two sites report that police found ammunition in the condo, including ammo for a .45-caliber, which is the same as that of the handgun used in the murder.
ASKING PUBLIC FOR INFORMATION
Boston police have asked authorities in the Connecticut hometown of Hernandez for their help with an investigation into a double homicide connected to the former NFL star, police said Tuesday.
The request from Boston police in the July 2012 double homicide was based on evidence developed through the investigation of Lloyd's slaying, Bristol Police Lt. Kevin Morrell said. He said police were asked to search the same home in Bristol for both investigations, and a vehicle was seized at the address on Friday.
Two men died in the shooting in Boston's South End on July 15, 2012 and another was wounded. Witnesses reported seeing gunfire coming from a gray SUV with Rhode Island plates. Authorities said 29-year-old Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Teixeira Furtado were killed, but police didn't identify the third victim.
Boston police have declined to comment on whether Hernandez is being looked as a possible suspect in that case from last summer.
MORE LEGAL ACTION
Hernandez has been connected to still more incidents involving guns, although none have resulted in criminal charges against him.
A man who claims Hernandez shot him in the face in February after an argument at a Florida strip club filed a civil lawsuit days before police arrested Hernandez.
Plaintiff Alexander Bradley claims in the civil action that Hernandez shot him with a handgun, causing him to lose his right eye. But after someone found the Connecticut man bleeding in an alley behind a Palm Beach County store after hearing a gunshot, he told police he didn't know who shot him and gave only a vague description of possible assailants.
Bradley's lawyer David Jaroslawicz wouldn't comment on Tuesday about the nature of the alleged dispute between his client and Hernandez. He said the two flew to South Florida together before getting into a dispute at a Miami club.
The attorney said Bradley, who worked for Stanley Steamer before the shooting, had done some work for Hernandez and that the two also hung out socially a few times and had known each other for several years.
"Whether or not Hernandez shot him deliberately or accidentally only Hernandez can tell us and right now he's not doing too much talking," Jaroslawicz said in a phone interview.
Authorities have also linked Hernandez to a May 18 fight outside a bar in Providence, R.I., that involved a gun.
A prosecutor with the Bristol County district attorney's office has said that a man who matched the description of a man seen on video with Hernandez on the night of Lloyd's slaying was seen putting a gun under a car during the Rhode Island incident.
Authorities traced that gun to a Florida gun shop.
Then following Lloyd's death, police said they recovered a .22 caliber gun about a quarter-mile from the defendant's home — a weapon authorities said was traced to the same store.
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 has pleaded not guilty to murder and gun charges and is being held without bail at the county jail in Dartmouth.
The county jail's Gang Intelligence Unit in Dartmouth, where Hernandez is being held, has completed its initial assessment, which included an inspection of multiple tattoos on Hernandez's arms and torso, for signs of past or current gang affiliations.
Hernandez has denied any gang ties, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said.
"We feel we should still maintain caution even though we don't have any definitive notions at this point," Hodgson said.
According to the Boston Herald, Hodgson said that Hernandez "talked to our gang investigators and said he didn’t have any involvement." He added that the unit is still investigating that. “We always take extra precautions. We don’t have any definite issues at this point, but we’re still being very cautious,” Hodgson told the paper.
He says Hernandez has been a model inmate but is being watched closely because other inmates might want to "make a name for themselves."
Hernandez has been moved to a new cell and has three hours a day outside of it, but remains separated from the general prison population.
Hernandez is being held without bail at the county jail in Dartmouth, where Hodgson said he is acclimating well and being held alone in a cell. He gets an hour of outdoor recreation a day, an hour to shower and make phone calls, and an hour to talk to visitors per day.
Hernandez was moved to the new cell on Monday and does not have any one-on-one interaction with other inmates, Hodgson said.
D.A. SEEKING PUBLIC'S HELP
A Massachusetts prosecutor on Tuesday asked for the public's help in finding a car mirror that may be connected to the murder case against Hernandez.
Police are seeking the driver's side rearview mirror from a dark gray Nissan Altima that Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter said may be anywhere between Odin Lloyd's home in Boston and Hernandez's home in North Attleboro. It is about 30 miles between the locations, largely along Interstate 95, although Sutter said the mirror may be in a "wooded or secluded area" along the route.
He did not say how the vehicle is tied to the investigation.
FOX 25 says that Ernest Wallace, who was arrested and faces a charge of accessory after the fact in the murder of the Lloyd, has waived extradition and will return to Massachusetts.
Prosecutors have claimed the Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, who has been charged with carrying an unlicensed firearm, were in the car with Hernandez and Lloyd on the night of Lloyd's murder.
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