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Aaron Hernandez Investigation

hernandez 4Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, has been at the center of the investigation into the death of a Boston man.

He was arrested and and faces charges for the murder of Odin Lloyd and illegal possession of a firearm.

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07/11/14

Aaron Hernandez Background

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(CNN) — Here is a look at the life of Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end charged with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd and the murders of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Personal: Birth date: November 6, 1989

Birth place: Bristol, Connecticut

Birth name: Aaron Michael Hernandez

Father: Dennis Hernandez, a high school custodian

Mother: Terri (Valentine) Hernandez, a school secretary

Children: with Shayanna Jenkins: Avielle Janelle Hernandez, November 6, 2012

Education: Attended University of Florida, 2007-2009

Other Facts: Odin Lloyd, 27, played semi-pro football for the Boston Bandits and dated the sister of Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s fiancée.

Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were immigrants from Cape Verde who worked as cleaners.

Hernandez was very close to his father, Dennis, who died in 2006 due to an infection during surgery for a hernia.

Timeline: 2009 – Aaron Hernandez becomes the first Florida Gator to win the John Mackey Award, awarded every year to the top collegiate tight end.

January 2010 – Announces his decision to skip his senior year at Florida and turn pro.

April 24, 2010 – Hernandez is picked in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the New England Patriots.

April 27, 2010 – Due to allegations of multiple failed drug tests, Hernandez makes a statement admitting one failed drug test while playing for Florida.

August 27, 2012 – Signs a five-year contract extension with the New England Patriots, worth up to $40 million.

June 17, 2013 – Prosecutors say Odin Lloyd is seen at around 2:30 a.m. leaving with Hernandez and Hernandez’s friends, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, in a rented silver Nissan Altima.

June 17, 2013 – A jogger finds a body riddled with gun shot wounds at an industrial park in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

June 18, 2013 – Police search Hernandez’s home in connection to the body found in the industrial park a mile away, which is later identified as Odin Lloyd.

June 22, 2013 – Police search his home for the second time.

June 26, 2013 – Aaron Hernandez is arrested and charged with first -degree murder for Lloyd’s death. He is also charged on five weapons-related charges. He pleads not guilty and is held without bail. Hernandez is released by the New England Patriots less than two hours after his arrest.

August 1, 2013 – Tanya Cummings-Singleton, Hernandez’s cousin, is jailed for not testifying before the grand jury.

September 19, 2013 – Ernest Wallace pleads not guilty to the charge of an accessory after the fact of a slaying.

September 27, 2013 – Carlos Ortiz, a Hernandez associate, is indicted on a single count of accessory to murder after the fact, in connection with the killing of Odin Lloyd. He later pleads not guilty.

October 16, 2013 – Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s fiancee, pleads not guilty to perjury charges. Prosecutors allege that she lied to a grand jury and disposed evidence.

November 27, 2013 – Hernandez’s attorney files an answer to a complaint in federal court in Miami filed by Alexander Bradley, stating that Hernandez is invoking his Fifth Amendment rights. Bradley claims Hernandez shot him in the face after an argument in a Miami strip club.

December 16, 2013 – Odin Lloyd’s family files a wrongful death lawsuit against Aaron Hernandez.

January 16, 2014 – Unsealed court documents reveal that prosecutors suggested that Hernandez may have pulled the trigger in an unsolved Boston double homicide in July 2012. Victims Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed when shots were fired into their 2003 BMW. Another passenger was wounded and two others were uninjured.

January 30, 2014 – The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office alleges Hernandez used “coded messages” in jailhouse calls to discuss allegations that he killed Odin Lloyd. Prosecutors request recordings of jailhouse calls and records of Hernandez’s visitors since his arrest in June 2013.

February 7, 2014 – The judge denies the prosecution’s request for the recordings of Hernandez’s jailhouse phone calls.

February 25, 2014 – According to the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department, Hernandez is involved in an “altercation with another inmate.”

February 26, 2014 – The families of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, the two men gunned down in Boston in 2012, file a wrongful death lawsuit against Hernandez; each family is seeking six million dollars.

April 11, 2014 – The two friends who were seen in the car with Hernandez on June 17, 2013, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, are indicted and charged with Odin Lloyd’s murder.

May 1, 2014 – Hernandez is indicted on charges of assault and battery and threats to do bodily harm, in connection to the February 25 jailhouse altercation.

May 15, 2014 – He is indicted for the July 2012 murders of de Abreu and Furtado and charged with three counts of armed assault with attempt to murder.

May 28, 2014 – At his arraignment, Hernandez pleads not guilty. Prosecutors allege that Hernandez killed de Abreu and Furtado after de Abreu bumped into Hernandez at a nightclub, causing the latter to spill his drink.

July 7, 2014 – Defense request to have Hernandez moved to jail closer to Boston is granted. His lawyers argued that the trip from their offices to the Bristol House of Corrections could take up to two hours due to traffic.

July 8, 2014 – A judge in the civil lawsuit brought by the families of de Abreu and Furtad freezes Hernandez’s $5 million in assets pending the outcome of his double-murder trial. The freeze includes the disputed $3.3 million Hernandez claims he is owed by the New England Patriots.

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The 24-year-old Bristol native appeared in Superior Court for a hearing on a motion filed by his lawyers to dismiss his murder charge in the June 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez was arrested on murder charges last year, accused of “orchestrating the execution” of Lloyd, a Dorchester man who was dating the sister of the former Patriot tight end’s fiancée. Last month, he was indicted in Suffolk County, Mass., charged with two more counts of murder in a July 2012 drive-by shooting that killed two men in Boston‘s South End.
Hernandez on Monday also pleaded not guilty to two more charges of threats and assault and battery. The latest charges are the result of incidents that occurred at the prison where he is being held without bail. Hernandez also faces one charge of murder and five illegal firearms charges. He is next scheduled to appear in court on July 7.
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05/15/14

Bristol Reacts to Latest Hernandez Indictments

Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is facing new murder charges in connection with a double homicide in Boston two years ago.

The Bristol native was indicted Thursday on seven counts.

He was already linked to the 2012 drive-by shooting of two young men in Boston’s South End, and now he’s believed to have been behind the gun.

Hernandez is now charged with three murders in all.

The latest two were particularly brutal and calculated, according to prosecutors.

“Mr. Abreu and Mr. Furtado were ambushed and executed,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley.

Hernandez was first connected to the gang-style drive-by in June 2013, and from there, suspicion and leads, only grew.

The SUV that witnesses say the shots came from was found in the home of Hernandez’s uncle, in Bristol.

Then, police found the alleged murder weapon in the car of a Springfield woman linked to one of Hernandez’s relatives.

Additionally, prosecutors say surveillance video from outside Boston’s Cure Lounge where victims Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado had been partying, show Hernandez circling the block slowly in his SUV, then following the men as they left.

“Hernandez then fired a .38 caliber revolver multiple times from the driver’s side of his vehicle into the passenger side of the victims’ vehicle,” said Conley.

Prosecutors say the victims entered the club around the same time that Aaron Hernandez and Hartford-area friend Alexander Bradley arrived.

Unlike the alleged killing of Odin Lloyd, Hernandez apparently didn’t know these victims.

It remains unclear what may have prompted the alleged attack. The fathers of both victims met with the press Thursday, announcing the filing of a civil lawsuit against Hernandez.

“I think what the families also want to say is that the two young men who were killed here were special people.  Two young men that had come to this country to make a better life for themselves much like their fathers had,” said Attorney William Kennedy.

Abreu’s father, Ernesto Abreu, spoke in broken English.

“Thank you everybody for helping me – the Boston Police Department,” he said.

Back in Bristol, natives such as Mike Feltt say these indictments just mark the latest drop in the hometown star’s sudden and then continued downfall.

“I think everybody kind of saw it coming. Pretty unfortunate, though, the whole thing — a guy that has everything goes and does something like that.”

Hernandez is currently in jail awaiting trial on charges in the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

While Thursday’s indictments were coming down, The Boston Globe reports that Hernandez’s attorneys were in Fall River, Mass., court, seeking dismissal of the first degree murder charges from the Lloyd case.

By Jenny Wilson and Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant

Aaron Hernandez, the Bristol native and ex-NFL star already facing murder charges in a shooting last year, was indicted Thursday in a 2012 Boston double homicide that occurred following what authorities said was a “chance encounter” between the former New England Patriots tight end and the victims inside a nightclub.

In announcing the indictments, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley made it clear that investigators believe Hernandez pulled the trigger after stalking the victims and waiting outside the bar for more than an hour until they left.

The July 16 2012 shooting began when Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado arrived at the Cure nightclub around 12:30 a.m. Conley said the two men encountered Hernandez and a friend identified as Hartford native Alexander Bradley in court documents in the bar.

 

Read more on courant.com.

Bradley Alexander, a man who was allegdly shot in the face by Aaron Hernandez, appears at Hartford Superior Court for a hearing on aHARTFORD — Bail for Alexander Bradley, a former associate of ex-Patriot and accused murderer Aaron Hernandez, was reduced Tuesday in Superior Court. Bradley is accused of firing shots into an occupied Hartford bar in February.

At the request of his attorney, Robert Pickering, Judge Joan Alexander changed his bail from $1 million cash or surety to $451,000 cash.

If he is able to post his bond, Bradley, 31, of East Hartford, would have to come to court to post it, the judge said.

Read more at Courant.com 

Aaron Hernandez Appears In Court

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By Jenny Wilson, Hartford Courant

 

A Massachusetts judge Friday imposed a gag order that prevents parties in the Aaron Hernandez murder case from discussing evidence, and said in her ruling that the heightened attention to the former NFL star’s legal troubles merits extra steps to ensure he receives a fair trial.

Hernandez’s defense lawyers had sought the gag order, and accused the prosecution of leaking information in the nearly six-month old case. The former New England Patriot star from Bristol was arrested last June and charged with murder in the shooting death of his friend, Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée.

The order prohibits both sides from discussing details about the case outside of court. Fall River Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh acknowledged that the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office does not have control over all the agencies involved in the investigation, but said the government should take “reasonable care” to ensure that confidential information does not get leaked to the media.

Garsh said prosecutors should not only provide written guidance to law enforcement officers in agencies they do not directly supervise, but also should take steps to ensure those individuals understand and agree to comply with the policies. She ordered the prosecution to investigate media leaks, and pursue or suggest disciplinary action if a violation does occur.

Hernandez’s defense team had accused the prosecution of “orchestrating a publicity stunt” when they served a subpoena to Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey at Gillette Stadium last fall. Pouncey and Hernandez were teammates at the University of Florida, and their social media profiles indicate they have remained close friends. Sources confirmed to the Courant that Pouncey was subpoenaed to testify because he may have knowledge of the former Patriot tight end’s alleged illegal gun activity. Hernandez also faces six illegal weapons counts, after detectives found weapons and ammunition during searches of Hernandez’s homes and vehicles. The murder weapon has not been recovered.

Earlier in this month, prosecutors revealed in court that federal authorities investigating Hernandez interviewed an individual in Belle Glade, Flor. Authorities previously have said that one of the guns seized in the case was traced back to a purchase from a store in Belle Glade.

Hernandez has been held without bail since his June 26 arrest. He also is a suspect in a 2012 double homicide in Boston. Authorities investigating that case, a drive-by shooting in the South End, said in previously released court documents that they believe Hernandez drove the suspect vehicle and may have been the shooter.

 

Story by Jenny Wilson, Hartford Courant; Video by John Charlton, FOX CT 

 

Former NFL star and accused killer Aaron Hernandez is scheduled to appear Friday in Fall River, Mass. Superior Court.

Charged with murder in the June 17 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, Hernandez has been held without bail since his late-June arrest at his home in North Attleboro, Mass. Prosecutors last week filed a motion to obtain recordings of Hernandez’s prison phone conversations, after officials from the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department provided them with details about the content of the calls.

A judge must grant the request in order for the prosecution to gain access to the full recordings, and arguments on the motion are expected at Friday’s hearing. Prosecutors said in their filing that Hernandez spoke in code when he discussed the Lloyd killing in jailhouse calls. They said he made incriminating statements when denying ownership of a vehicle connected to the investigation, and that he referenced “related prior offenses.”

In addition to the murder charge, Hernandez, a Bristol native, faces multiple gun charges and is being investigated as a suspect in a 2012 double homicide in Boston.

Aaron Hernandez not guilty plea

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty Friday, September 6, 2013, in the death of Odin Lloyd. (CNN photo)

Prosecutors said in court documents released Friday that former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez discussed the Odin Lloyd murder in jailhouse phone calls, speaking in code and referencing a car that is part of the investigation.

They filed a motion Thursday to obtain records of the former NFL star’s telephone conversations after officials from the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department provided them with details about the content of the calls.

Hernandez, accused of Lloyd’s execution-style shooting death, has been imprisoned in Massachusetts since he was arrested and charged with murder in June. Lloyd, a resident of Dorchester, Mass., was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. His bullet-ridden body was found blocks from the former Patriot’s mansion in North Attleboro, Mass.

Hernandez’s inmate phone records include conversations the Bristol, Conn., native had with individuals charged in the case and others, according to prosecutors. They say Hernandez spoke in “coded messages” while on the phone with people outside of jail. The court papers also say Hernandez referenced “related prior offenses.”

Hernandez is also being investigated as a suspect in a drive-by shooting that killed two men in Boston in 2012. Boston detectives re-opened their investigation last summer after receiving a tip that the same person responsible for Lloyd’s death also was involved in the double homicide.

 

Read more at Courant.com 

By Jenny Wilson, Hartford Courant

A just-released search warrant provides new details into why Boston law enforcement authorities have identified accused killer and former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez as a suspect in a 2012 double homicide.

The document, filed as part of the probe and released Tuesday in Superior Court in Bristol, indicates police suspect that Hernandez was in an SUV that circled a block waiting for the victims to enter their own vehicle before the 2 a.m. drive-by shooting. The silver SUV then pulled up next to the victims’ car at a stoplight, and someone inside fired five or six shots in rapid progression, killing two and injuring one of the five men in the other car. The warrant does not indicate whether there is evidence that Hernandez was the man who pulled the trigger.

Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado were killed in the gunfire early on July 16, 2012, shortly after they left Cure Lounge with three of their friends. Earlier in the night, surveillance footage showed Hernandez and Alexander Bradley –who filed a civil lawsuit accusing Hernandez of shooting him in the eye in February – at the same Boston nightclub.

The men in the gray BMW sprayed with gunfire that night have no apparent connection to Hernandez, a Bristol native. Nothing in the document— a search warrant application for phone calls Bradley made while he was in prison in Connecticut — suggests a motive for the killings. The search warrant is the first public record released in the Boston homicide investigation, and the first detailed narrative of Hernandez’s actions that night.

Bradley was incarcerated at Hartford Correctional Center last fall, charged as a fugitive witness after he avoided authorities who tried to subpoena him to appear before the grand jury probing the double slaying. Police obtained a warrant to access recordings of phone calls he made from prison after a Department of Correction official told a Bristol detective that Bradley was discussing details of the Boston homicide investigation on those calls, which were made between Oct. 4 and Oct. 15.

Prosecutors in the Boston case have not filed charges, but The Courant previously has reported that Hernandez is the target of the investigation into the shooting that occurred a month before he signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension with the Patriots.

Hernandez became a suspect in the Boston slayings after being charged with murder in the June 17 death of Odin Lloyd near Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass. The warrant indicates that authorities received an anonymous tip that, combined with their own memory of surveillance footage from the night of the shooting, led them to investigate the former tight end.

When a Boston detective learned of Hernandez’s suspected involvement in Lloyd’s death, he recalled noticing Hernandez at Cure Lounge when viewing surveillance footage the previous summer. Boston authorities then were informed of an anonymous call that North Attleborough police received from an employee of Rumor nightclub, the Boston establishment that Hernandez and Lloyd visited two days before Lloyd’s death and the location at which prosecutors say the two men had a disagreement that eventually led to Lloyd’s shooting.

Sharif Hashem, a security supervisor at Rumor, phoned North Attleborough police on June 22 and claimed to have information that the Loyd shooting and the Boston double homicide were related, according to the warrant released Tuesday. He told authorities a patron of Rumor nightclub “accidentally spilled the beans in front of me.”

As a result, Boston police reopened their probe with a focus on Hernandez. They since have seized the murder weapon in the case and towed the silver SUV they believe was used in the Boston shooting from a Hernandez family home in Bristol.

Surveillance footage from just after midnight on June 16 shows Hernandez arriving at a parking garage in Boston, driving a silver Toyota 4Runner with Rhode Island plates, the warrant states. The same car was seized in June from 114 Lake Ave., the Bristol home owned by Hernandez’s uncle, after authorities recovered it during a search for evidence in the Lloyd case.

A different camera later captured Hernandez and Bradley entering Cure immediately after the victims, according to the document. Hernandez downed two drinks, and left with Bradley 10 minutes later. Surveillance footage shows them leaving the garage in the 4Runner around 1:30 a.m., with Hernandez in the driver’s seat and Bradley in the front passenger’s seat.

What the two men did next is unclear. But by the time the victims left Cure an hour later, a car resembling the Toyota was back in the area. As the victims walked to the same garage, the 4Runner was captured on surveillance footage looping the block, circling the victims at a slow speed, in the lane closest to the sidewalk.

Boston police responded to a call of shots fired at 2:32 a.m. A witness who was in the car with the victims and injured in the shooting told authorities that the other vehicle contained a driver and a rear-seat passenger. Other bystanders who called police to inform them of the shooting Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street in Boston’s South End gave descriptions that roughly matched those of Hernandez, Bradley and the car they were driving, according to the warrant.

Evidence recovered at the scene led authorities to believe that the murder weapon was a .38- or .357-caliber handgun. Police in June seized a .38-caliber pistol as evidence in the case, after it was found in the trunk of a car driven by a Bristol woman following a crash in Springfield. Jai Lene Diaz-Ramos, who faces three illegal firearms charges, told police friends put the gun in her car.

The 4Runner towed in June had been parked in the garage of the Bristol home for about a year, and was covered in cobwebs, authorities said. It was a demo model from a rental company that was given to Hernandez in exchange for the star tight end’s doing promotions. Company representatives told authorities that they had contacted Hernandez’s agent about the car, but had not heard back from him, the warrant released Tuesday indicates. A cousin of Hernandez who lives at the house told authorities the vehicle was “Aaron’s” and nobody drove it.

By CNN Staff

(CNN) — Massachusetts State Police served Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey with a subpoena relating to an investigation into former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Sunday, shortly after the Patriots beat the visiting Dolphins in Foxborough, Sports Illustrated reported.

Hernandez was charged this year with first-degree murder in the June shooting death of his friend Odin Lloyd. A source with knowledge of the matter told SI.com that Pouncey’s subpoena has to do with Hernandez’s possible ties to gun trafficking.

The subpoena means a grand jury investigating Hernandez wants to talk to Pouncey, but doesn’t mean Pouncey is being charged with a crime or is implicated in wrongdoing.

Pouncey, 24, and Hernandez, 23, were teammates at the University of Florida.

After the Patriots defeated the Dolphins 27-17 at Gillette Stadium, police officers in suits gave Pouncey a piece of paper in a hallway between a locker room and the Dolphins’ bus, SI.com reported.

“It’s about a grand jury investigation,” a police official told Pouncey, adding later, “Make sure you arrive,” according to SI.com.

CNN requested comment from the Dolphins, the NFL, the Massachusetts State Police and the district attorney’s office prosecuting the Hernandez case in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Representatives from each declined to comment Sunday night.

Hernandez was arrested in late June, 10 days after authorities say Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player, was killed in Massachusetts.

Authorities have said that Hernandez, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz picked Lloyd up from his Boston apartment in a rental car shortly before he was found shot to death on June 17 in a North Attleborough, Massachusetts, industrial park.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty in September to a charge of first-degree murder. Wallace and Ortiz have pleaded not guilty to charges of being an accessory to murder after the fact.

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