Report: Silver SUV linked to 2012 shooting found at Aaron Hernandez’s uncle’s home

Boston Police on Friday seized a silver SUV from the Bristol, Conn., home of Aaron Hernandez’s uncle, FOX 25 in Boston reports. Boston Globe reporter Wesley Lowery says the SUV is connected to the unsolved 2012 double murder that may have involved Hernandez.

FOX 25 Boston reporter Jessica Reyes reported on Twitter that the vehicle, a Toyota 4Runner, has Rhode Island plates.

Some of the information may be conflicting at this point.

A report from CNN on Thursday said police located and impounded the silver SUV linked to the 2012 shooting that left two men, Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu, dead, and a third injured. Witnesses reportedly said people in a gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island plates opened fire on others riding in a vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light. Perhaps CNN was premature with their report as it appears police did not impound the vehicle until Friday. Maybe the report should have said that police had located the SUV and were planning to seize it.

Reports on Thursday from CNN and ESPN’s Adam Schefter also said that Hernandez rented the vehicle tied to the 2012 shooting. Something may be amiss because, unless the rental car has been missing since the shooting, why would Hernandez’s uncle be holding onto a rental car for nearly a year? Maybe the vehicle used in the 2012 shooting was not a rental.

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Patriots’ sportsbook odds have worsened because of Aaron Hernandez

Aaron HernandezIf you think that the New England Patriots will not be worse off this season despite releasing Aaron Hernandez because of the murder charges he is facing, I’d like to introduce you to some experts who feel otherwise.

According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, the Patriots’ odds to win the Super Bowl have slightly decreased in recent weeks — they are now 8:1 instead of 7:1. The Pats are also favored by fewer points for their first two games of the season than they were before the Hernandez news. Per Bell, the Las Vegas Hilton dropped the Pats from 7.5 favorites to 7-point favorites at the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. They also dropped from 12-point favorites to -10 against the New York Jets in Week 2.

Bell says Hernandez’s difference-making ability on the field is not really what accounts for the change, but rather the distraction he has caused through his alleged crimes coupled with the Patriots’ lack of depth at tight end.

Bell says that a good but not great player like Hernandez has a borderline “zero effect” on the point spread, “but additional factors – including the scandal’s distraction for the team, plus thinness at tight end due to Gronkowski’s injury, results in a modest downgrade of the Patriots by Las Vegas.”

The Patriots’ are favored by less in their first two games because Rob Gronkowski is expected to be out those weeks, and the dropoff from Gronk and Hernandez to the team’s third and fourth tight ends is significant. This tells us what we already know — without Hernandez, the Patriots need Gronkowski healthy.

Patriots offering fans free exchange of Aaron Hernandez jerseys

Aaron-hernandez-jerseysThe New England Patriots have done all they can to separate themselves from Aaron Hernandez since he was arrested and charged with murder earlier this week. Less than two hours after he was taken into custody, the Patriots announced they released their former tight end. Later that night, all Hernandez merchandise was wiped from the team’s online Proshop.

The Patriots took it a step further on Friday when they announced that they were giving fans an opportunity to exchange their No. 81 Hernandez jerseys for any other jersey in their ProShop, free of charge. The swap is only for jerseys that were purchased at the Patriots official Proshop and will be held on July 6 and 7.

“We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys, but may not understand why parents don’t want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore,” Patriots spokesperson Stacey James said in a statement. “We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots ProShop for another player’s jersey will be well received by parents.”

Obviously, this is all about brand protection for the Patriots. The fact that they drafted a player with a checkered past who went on to be charged with first-degree murder is not great for the team’s image. Not only that, but Hernandez is being investigated for a double murder that took place last summer. If he was involved with that, New England would have had a criminal on their roster for all of last season.

Whether it’s a PR stunt or not, I’m sure parents appreciate it. If I had a 10-year-old who had a Hernandez jersey, I’d be exchanging it for a Tom Brady jersey — stat.

Ernest Wallace, suspect in Odin Lloyd murder, has been captured

Ernest-WallaceErnest Wallace, the 41-year-old suspect who has been tied to the Odin Lloyd murder investigation, has been captured. Massachusetts State Police confirmed Wallace had been taken into custody on Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours after police put out wanted posters with information on Wallace in an attempt to track him down. He was found in Miramar, Fla.

Wallace’s capture means three men have now been brought into custody in connection with the Lloyd murder, one of them being Aaron Hernandez. On Wednesday, 27-year-old Carlos Ortiz was arrested in Connecticut and charged as a fugitive of justice. A judge ordered that he be turned over to Massachusetts authorities on Friday.

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The details from the Lloyd murder have been unfolding rapidly. Early Friday morning, a rental car that prosecutors believe Hernandez rented so his accomplices could flee the state was seized in Bristol, Conn. Wallace was reportedly the last person seen driving the Chrysler 300, but his whereabouts were unknown at the time police impounded the vehicle.

It is unclear exactly how authorities believe Wallace was involved with the murder of Lloyd, although I’m sure that information will become clearer in the very near future. According to the Boston Globe, Ortiz was seen on surveillance video entering Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro at about 3:30 a.m. on June 17 armed with a handgun.

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Police locate rental car prosecutors say Aaron Hernandez rented so accomplices could get away


North Attleboro police confirmed on Friday morning that the Chrysler 300 they had been searching for in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd has been located in Bristol, Conn. The car is believed to have been rented by Aaron Hernandez and has also been tied to 41-year-old Ernest Wallace, for whom police are searching.

Wallace was last seen driving the Chrysler, which you see above courtesy of the Boston Globe’s Wesley Lowery, and is considered to be armed and dangerous. The car was seized early Friday morning.

On Thursday, police issued a wanted poster for Wallace, who is accused of being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Lloyd. Fox 25 Boston shared a photo of the poster and other photos of Wallace here:

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Aaron Hernandez reportedly rented SUV used in 2012 shooting

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsNot only is Aaron Hernandez facing a first-degree murder charge for the death of Odin Lloyd, five additional charges, and a potential lawsuit for allegedly shooting a friend, but he is also being investigated for potential ties to a 2012 double murder in Boston.

And his alleged involvement in the case is looking a lot stronger.

On Thursday, LBS’ Steve DelVecchio wrote that police reportedly had located and impounded the SUV involved in the 2012 shooting. Witnesses said the alleged killers opened fire from a gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island plates and killed two men while they were stopped at a red light. The report DelVecchio cited said police believed Hernandez rented the car.

Later on Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Boston PD located the SUV in question and that Hernandez rented it.

Let’s make that clear one more time: Aaron Hernandez supposedly rented the SUV used in a 2012 double murder, allegedly shot a friend in the face in February, and prosecutors allege he orchestrated the murder of Odin Lloyd, which also involved a rented SUV.

Like Steve said, the common theme here when it comes to alleged killings involving Hernandez is rental cars. The 2012 double murder may also be the motive behind the killing of Lloyd.

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Fans chant ‘Innocent!’ at Aaron Hernandez after he leaves courthouse (Video)

Fans-cheer-Aaron-HernandezThe evidence being compiled against Aaron Hernandez regarding the murder of Odin Lloyd gets more compelling by the hour, but that does not mean the former New England Patriots tight end has been abandoned by his entire fan base. As he was leaving Bristol County Courthouse following his bail hearing on Thursday, a collection of fans lined the streets and cheered for Hernandez.

There is a reason Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail. Whether he murdered Lloyd or not, there is enough circumstantial evidence to suggest he could very well be guilty. Not only that, but investigators are also building a case that indicates Hernandez was involved in another double murder a year ago.

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