Aaron Hernandez: Documents reveal new details in case

July 10, 2013

Over 150 pages of documents relating to the arrest of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez were released Tuesday and they provided a trove of details from the prosecution’s case in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Carlos Ortiz, another man being held in connection with the murder, said that Ernest Wallace, a third alleged accomplice, told him that Hernandez said he killed the semipro football player, according to documents filed in Florida, where Wallace lives. All three men are being held without bail and Hernandez, who is facing murder and gun-related charges, has pleaded not guilty. Ortiz is charged with illegal possession of a firearm and Wallace with being an accessory after the fact.

The murder weapon has not been found and prosecutors have claimed only that Hernandez “orchestrated” the “execution style” killing June 17.

“All we’ve done is charge Aaron Hernandez with murder,” Samuel Sutter, the Bristol County (Mass.) district attorney, said Monday. “As far as the specifics about who was the shooter and who might have been a joint venturer, it’s too early to say. The investigation is ongoing.”

Among the revelations in documents released by the Attleboro (Mass.) District Court:

• Hernandez was uncooperative in the investigation, slamming the door on policemen who arrived at his house to interrogate him. “Mr. Hernandez did not ask officers whose death was being investigated,” police wrote. “Mr. Hernandez’s demeanor did not indicate any concern for the death of any person.”

• Police were drawn to Hernandez’s North Attleboro, Mass., home because the keys to a rental car leased to him were found on Lloyd’s body, which was discovered in an industrial park not far from where Hernandez lived. He first acknowledged being “up his way yesterday,” meaning Boston, then grew argumentative, went inside the house and returned with his lawyer’s business card.

• Shayanna Jenkins, his fiancee, told police that Lloyd, who was dating her sister, was a marijuana user and dealer. She and Hernandez were interviewed at the police station, but she stopped talking when Hernandez called her and told her that his “agent said she should not speak with police” without a lawyer.

• Records also show that a vehicle linked to a double killing in Boston in 2012 had been rented in Hernandez’s name. One possible motive put forth for Lloyd’s murder is that he had information on the 2012 shootings.

• In several searches, a number of Hernandez’s belongings were seized, including .22-caliber ammunition; a Blackberry; three iPads; an iPhone, clothing (including size 13 white Nike shoes); a long-sleeve white shirt; jeans; and a bath towel. Police noted in their report that a white towel was found near Lloyd’s body.

• Police said they tested for gunshot residue on a mattress and bed skirt. They did not indicate whether any was found.

• Police found a scale and dish used to weigh drugs in a safe in Hernandez’s home.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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