Aaron Hernandez, a former tight end with the Florida Gators and New England Patriots currently in jail awaiting trial for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was indicted Thursday by a grand jury for a July 2012 double murder outside of a nightclub in Boston.
According to Ted Daniel of FOX 25, who first reported last June that Hernandez was being investigated for the double homicide, the incident included three men being shot, “two fatally, as they sat in a car at a traffic light. … A gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island plates opened fire on it.”
Investigators believed that a fight broke out at a nightclub called Curve in the South End between two men and a group of others that included Hernandez. After everyone left the club, someone from an SUV believed to contain Hernandez and his group allegedly opened fire on the vehicle.
Apparently, the SUV containing Hernandez circled the block numerous times waiting for the men to get out of the club and sit at the light.
“This case was about two victims who were stalked, ambushed and senselessly murdered,” the district attorney said on Thursday.
One theory as to Hernandez’s motive for allegedly murdering Lloyd was because he was a witness to this incident.
Police found what they believed to be the rented SUV nearly a year after the double homicide while conducting a search of a home owned by Hernandez’s cousin in Bristol, Connecticut, and began to investigate Hernandez accordingly.
Additional details about the indictment and Suffolk County’s case against Hernandez are expected to be released later Thursday. He will be arraigned for this charge at a yet-to-be-determined date.
Though it has been nearly a year since Hernandez was arrested and accused for Lloyd’s murder, the case has not been without its twist and turns over the last 11 months.
» Hernandez associates Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, who were previously charged as accessories to murder, were indicted in April along with Hernandez as murderers of Lloyd. Prosecutors in the case will no longer have to prove which one of the three men shot Lloyd as all three can be convicted under Massachusetts’ joint venture law. Ortiz was previously seen as a key witness for the state to convict Hernandez but lost credibility by changing his story too many times.
» In February, Hernandez allegedly attacked a fellow inmate in a jailhouse fight. The inmate, Andrew Booker, chose not to testify about the incident, but Hernandez was nevertheless indicted on charges of assault and battery.
» According to TMZ.com, Hernandez had also been investigated for “allegedly threatening to shoot and kill a guard at Bristol County Jail” late in 2013. He apparently went off when the guard stopped him from “scor[ing] extra food inside the joint.”
» Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, who was served with a subpoena while in Foxboro for a game against New England on Oct. 27, 2013, was forced to miss practice that December (four days before another game against the Patriots) to fly up to Massachusetts and testify before a grand jury in the state’s case against Hernandez.
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