More than 150 pages of documents stemming from eight search warrants were officially released by a Massachusetts judge on Tuesday as the state continues to build its case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for the June shooting of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez, who remains locked up without bail on multiple charges including first degree murder, has allegedly been pegged by one of his associates as the triggerman in Lloyd’s shooting as noted in related documents released by the state of Florida.
According to the records obtained by the Associated Press, Hernandez admitted to Ernest Wallace, who is facing a charge of accessory after the fact of murder, that he pulled the trigger. This information was relayed via another Hernandez associate, Carlos Ortiz, who is also being investigated and expressed to Massachusetts police that Wallace told him Hernandez acknowledged that he shot Lloyd.
Considering both Ortiz and Wallace are believed to have been with Hernandez on the night and at the time Lloyd was shot – police contend they were all in the car together and also at the scene of the crime – Ortiz’s tale of the events that evening understandably sounds questionable.
Ortiz claims that he did not witness the shooting because Lloyd, Hernandez and Wallace stopped on the way back to Hernandez’s home to urinate while he stayed in the car and waited. It is at that time, Ortiz said, he heard a gunshot; however, it was too dark for him to tell who fired the gun. He then noted that only Hernandez and Wallace returned to the car, which sped out of the industrial park. The identity of the shooter was not revealed to Ortiz until the following day, he said.
Should that be the case, Hernandez would not have needed to admit his actions to Wallace as Wallace would have witnessed the shooting and been able to relay that information to Ortiz on his own account. Either way, the information Ortiz provided will likely be argued to be considered second-hand and therefore hearsay.
Hernandez will return to court on July 24 for a probable cause hearing.
Below is other pertinent information released on Tuesday:
- After initially speaking with police, Ortiz has completely stopped talking. Similarly, Hernandez’s girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins, initially answered investigators’ questions before Hernandez instructed her to stop cooperating.
- When Jenkins was cooperating, she explained to police that Hernandez ramped up security at their home following a number of break-in attempts. She also said she believed Lloyd was a marijuana dealer.
- Guns and ammunition, cars, computers, cellular phones, iPads, hard drives, surveillance equipment, a scale to measure drugs (found in a safe), clothing and dozens of other items were seized by police from multiple residences registered to Hernandez.
- Upon first being approached by police at his home, Hernandez slammed his front door in their faces when he learned they were planning to question him about a murder investigation. He did this in an aggressive manner. “Mr. Hernandez did not ask officers whose death was being investigated. Mr. Hernandez’s demeanor did not indicate any concern for the death of any person,” according to the records.
- Police believe a vehicle registered to Hernandez that was found in Bristol, CT, is connected to a double homicide that occurred in Boston, MA, in July 2012.
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