id Aaron Hernandez shoot dead friend because he knew former NFL star was involved in drive-by murder of two men outside nightclub last year?
- Aaron Hernandez arrested for the murder of semi-pro athlete Odin Lloyd
- Lloyd may have known about 'Hernandez's alleged involvement in a 2012 double murder outside of a Boston nightclub'
- Police have tied the two cases together because Hernandez has a connection to a silver SUV spotted at the scene of the 2012 shooting
- Bail appeal denied Thursday afternoon and the former NFL star will remains behind bars until his trial
- Judge even said the case against Hernandez is 'very, very strong' and the murder of Lloyd sounds like it was done in a 'cold-blooded fashion'
- Police are investigation a condo that Hernandez rented in recent months that may be involved in the Lloyd case
By Meghan Keneally
and Associated Press
17:45, 27 June 2013 | UPDATED:
11:30, 28 June 2013
Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez is believed to have killed an acquaintance ten days ago because that man knew about Hernandez's alleged involvement in a 2012 double murder, according to new reports.
Hernandez is now being investigated in connection with the July 2012 murder of two men after leaving a club in Boston's South End and that double murder is said to be the cause of his more recent alleged shooting.
The Boston Globe
broke the news about his possible connection to the 2012 double murder just as a second man has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found less than one mile from Hernandez's home.
Hernandez's lawyers filed an appeal to try to get the athlete out on bail but that was denied Thursday afternoon. After hearing the basic arguments made by the state prosecutor, the judge made the shocking decision to weigh in on the case and say that while the evidence is 'circumstantial for sure' it is still a 'very, very strong case.'
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Back in court: Aaron Hernandez was present at a bail hearing on Thursday afternoon just hours after it was revealed that he may be connected to a 2012 double murder
'No special treatment': Hernandez's lawyer said that he should be let out on bail because he is a public figure who will be under media scrutiny and he lives with his fiancee and new baby so he will not flee the state
No bail: The judge said that the case against Hernandez was 'very, very strong' and bail would not be set
Murder suspect NFL star bail appeal denied
The hearing took place on the same day that Connecticut prosecutor Brian Preleski identified the second man as Carlos Ortiz, 27, of Bristol, Connecticut who has been charged in connection to Lloyd's shooting.
Ortiz was charged as a fugitive from justice and waived extradition to Massachusetts. Prison records show he is being held on $1.5million bail at a Hartford jail.
A statement said he was being held in the investigation of the shooting death of semi-pro football player Lloyd, a friend of Hernandez. Lloyd's body was found in North Attleborough, Massachusetts on June 17 in an industrial park near Hernandez's house.
Arrested: Colin Ortiz, 27, was arrested and charged as a fugitive in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd
Now The Globe is reporting that Lloyd is believed to have known about Hernandez's alleged involvement in the 2012 double murder of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado and Hernandez reportedly killed Lloyd to keep him quiet.
'The motive might have been that the victim (Lloyd) knew (Hernandez) might have been involved,' unidentified police officials told The Boston Globe.
The July 2012 shooting took place after a fight broke out inside Cure, a South End nightclub.
The fight is said Abreu and Furtado got into an argument with a group of other patrons, which included Hernandez.
As Abreu drove away from the club in his BMW with Furtado in the passenger's seat, a silver or grey SUV with Rhode Island license plates pulled up to the car and started shooting. There were other men in the BMW who all survived the attack but both Furtado and Abreu died.
Police have not said how Hernandez is specifically linked to the silver or grey SUV in question, but they have cited a connection to the vehicle as the reason for their suspicion.
Hernandez's lawyer entered a plea of not guilty for the charges against him for Lloyd's murder and called the prosecution's case- based on surveillance videos and cell phone records- circumstantial. That didn't move the judge, however, as Hernandez was ordered to be held without bail.
Bated breath: Hernendez's fiancee Shayanna Jenkins, who gave birth to the couple's child eight months ago, was in the courtroom when his bail appeal was denied on Thursday
Emotional: She hid in the back of the courtroom and wept after the hearing was over
Among those texts were two that Lloyd sent to his sister just minutes before he is believed to have been killed.
‘Did you see who I was with?’ said the first, at 3.07am June 17. ‘Who?’ she finally replied.
‘NFL,’ he texted back, then added: ‘Just so you know.’
Moments later, Lloyd would be dead in what a prosecutor called an execution-style shooting orchestrated by Patriots tight end Hernandez because his friend talked to the wrong people at a nightclub.
It was revealed on Thursday that police have been searching a third-floor unit in a condo complex in Franklin, Massachusetts, that Hernandez had visited in recent weeks, according to the unit's next-door neighbor.
Gun: Aaron Hernandez was pictured posing with a Glock handgun when he was a student in 2009
Condo resident Carol Bailey said that starting Wednesday and continuing Thursday, police removed items from the modest, two-bedroom rental unit and asked her questions about its occupants.
She said a new tenant told her in May that he was moving in with his cousin, and she realized later that the second man he had referred to that way was the Patriots player.
'I thought, `This is Aaron Hernandez. He's renting a place here so he can have some peace and quiet,'' the retiree said Thursday.
The Ledgewood Condominiums resident said she didn't see the two men often, but Hernandez always had a hoodie pulled up when she saw him.
Hernandez in April: I try to be a role model
Courtesy: Extra TV
Victim: Odin Lloyd has been identified as the man who was found dead less than a mile away from the $1.3million mansion of New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez
'I think all of us who recognized who it was didn't want to invade his privacy,' she said of neighbors.
Bailey said she believed a black Hummer with expired, temporary Ohio tags that was parked at the complex was driven by someone in the condo. She said police towed away the Hummer on Wednesday.
Prosecutors in Massachusetts on Wednesday said that Hernandez, along with two friends, had picked Lloyd up at his Boston home and driven him to a North Attleborough industrial park where Hernandez shot Lloyd five times with a high-powered handgun.
Prosecutors said Hernandez and Lloyd had argued a few nights before Lloyd's death when they went to a Boston nightclub together and Lloyd spoke with people that Hernandez said he ‘had trouble with.’
On June 14, Lloyd went with Hernandez to the Boston nightclub Rumor. McCauley said Hernandez was upset Lloyd had talked to people there with whom Hernandez had trouble. He did not elaborate.
Two days later, McCauley said, Hernandez texted two unidentified friends and asked them to hurry to Massachusetts from Connecticut. At 9.05pm, a few minutes after the first message to his friends, Hernandez texted Lloyd to tell him he wanted to get together, McCauley said.
Later, surveillance footage from Hernandez's home showed his friends arrive and go inside. Hernandez, holding a gun, then told someone in the house he was upset and couldn't trust anyone anymore, the prosecutor said.
At 1.12am June 17, the three left in Hernandez's rented silver Nissan Altima, McCauley said. Cell towers tracked their movements to a gas station off the highway. There, he said, Hernandez bought blue Bubblicious gum.
Arrested: Aaron Hernandez, 23, was charged with murder and weapons counts on Wednesday afternoon and a second man was charged in connection to the murder on Thursday morning
In custody: The state's attorney argued that Hernandez had the means to flee and should be held without bail before his trial
Weeping: Relatives of murder victim Odin Lloyd were in the courtroom when Hernandez was charged
Support: Hernandez's live-in girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins was visibly emotional when she left the courthouse without him
At 2:32 a.m., they arrived outside Lloyd's home in Boston and texted him that they were there. McCauley said Lloyd's sister saw him get into Hernandez's car.
From there, surveillance cameras captured images of what the prosecutor said was Hernandez driving the silver Altima through Boston. As they drove back toward North Attleborough, Hernandez told Lloyd he was upset about what happened at the club and didn't trust him, McCauley said. That was when Lloyd began sending texts to his sister.
Surveillance video showed the car entering the industrial park and at 3:23 a.m. driving down a gravel road near where Lloyd's body was found. Four minutes later, McCauley said, the car emerged. During that period, employees working an overnight shift nearby heard several gunshots, McCauley said.
McCauley said Lloyd was shot multiple times, including twice from above as he was lying on the ground. He said five .45-caliber casings were found at the scene.
Hearing: A member of the state's attorney's office went through the detailed evidence against Hernandez
Unexpected: Hernandez was said to have had a look of shock on his face when police arrived at his door
Authorities did not initially say who fired the shots or identify the two others with Hernandez.
At 3.29am, surveillance at Hernandez's house showed him arriving, McCauley said.
‘The defendant was walking through the house with a gun in his hand. That's captured on video,’ he said.
His friend is also seen holding a gun, and neither weapon has been found, McCauley said.
Then, the surveillance system stopped recording, and footage was missing from the six to eight hours after the slaying, he said.
The afternoon of June 17, the prosecutor said, Hernandez returned the rental car, offering the attendant a piece of blue Bubblicious gum when he dropped it off.
While cleaning the car, the attendant found a piece of blue Bubblicious gum and a shell casing, which he threw away. Police later searched the trash bin and found the gum and the casing. The prosecutor said it was tested and matched the casings found where Lloyd was killed.
As McCauley outlined the killing, Lloyd's family members cried and held each other. Two were so overcome that they had to leave the courtroom.
The Patriots said in a statement after Hernandez's arrest but before the murder charge was announced that cutting Hernandez was ‘the right thing to do.’
‘Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation,’ it said.
A Florida man filed a lawsuit last week claiming Hernandez shot him in the face after they argued at a strip club in February.
Hernandez became a father on Nov. 6 and said he intended to change his ways: ‘Now, another one is looking up to me. I can't just be young and reckless Aaron no more. I'm going to try to do the right things.’