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Video reportedly shows Aaron Hernandez with victims hours before double murder

Aaron HernandezAs Aaron Hernandez remains at the Bristol County House of Corrections awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, evidence continues to pile up that may result in him being charged for a separate 2012 double murder. According to the Hartford Courant, investigators have seized surveillance footage that shows Hernandez was with the two victims hours before they were killed.

Law enforcement sources reportedly told the Courant that the video, which was taken inside a Boston nightclub, shows Hernandez at the same establishment as 29-year-old Daniel Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Furtado on July 16, 2012. The two men were killed in a drive-by shooting that night.

Prosecutors have yet to file any formal charges against Hernandez relating to his alleged involvement with the double homicide, but that is looking more likely to happen by the day. Two weeks ago, a report claimed police found the murder weapon used in the 2012 shooting when they searched the car of a young woman who is from Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn.

At the time of the unsolved shooting in July 2012, police announced they were seeking information about a gray SUV with Rhode Island license plates. Back in June, a silver Toyota 4Runner with Rhode Island plates was towed from Hernandez’s uncle’s home in Bristol.

Given the various reports we have heard about Hernandez’s alleged involvement with the drive-by last summer, it would be a surprise if he is not eventually charged. It’s starting to look like Hernandez’s attorneys will have more than just the Lloyd murder to deal with by the time their client goes to trial.

H/T ESPNBoston.com

Carlos Ortiz’s mother fears for family’s life because of Aaron Hernandez

Carlos OrtizElba Ortiz, the mother of Aaron Hernandez’s associate Carlos Ortiz, has been living in fear since her son was arrested in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd. Carlos has been consistent with his account of what happened the night Lloyd was killed in June, telling investigators that he was with Hernandez but that he did not know Lloyd was going to be murdered.

Ortiz would later tell police that Hernandez admitted to Ernest Wallace that he fired the shots that killed Lloyd. The information Ortiz has provided has been vital in the investigation, which is why Elba fears for the safety of her family.

In a candid interview with USA Today Sports, Elba revealed that she suffers panic attacks and has to take medication in addition to attending multiple therapy sessions a week. Since Carlos is in jail and he “ratted” on Hernandez, who is considered a hero in their hometown of Bristol, Conn., Elba worries that Hernandez supporters may target her, her children or her grandchildren.

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Rolling Stone writer Paul Solotaroff: Aaron Hernandez will be acquitted, return to NFL

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsAaron Hernandez remains behind bars at the Bristol County House of Corrections awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Given all the circumstantial evidence we have heard to this point, most people feel that a conviction is merely a formality. Paul Solotaroff of Rolling Stone magazine does not see it that way at all.

Solotaroff is the writer who wrote the lengthy piece about Hernandez that claimed the former tight end is an angel dust user who confided in Bill Belichick about gangsters trying to kill him. In an interview with CBS Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb on Wednesday, Solotaroff said he believes Hernandez will eventually be acquitted of his murder charge.

“I think (the case) is not only beatable, (but) I think he will be back in the NFL within three or four years,” he said. “I think they’ve grossly overcharged him based on the case they’re building – no direct eye witness, no murder weapon (and) no plausible motive.”

Solotaroff said he believes it will be easy to convict Hernandez on the five gun charges levied against him. However, he said he cannot see him doing any more than a few years in prison for that. Does that mean a return to the NFL is possible for a man who most have already labeled a murderer?

“As crazy as it sounds, this is a guy with no priors,” Solotaroff continued. “So asking a judge to sentence Hernandez to consecutive prison bids – rather than contemporary ones – is going to be a very hard sell for the prosecution. And if in fact he winds up doing three years behind (bars for) those gun charges – which would be a lot in this case – he’s 26, 27, with very low mileage on those legs of his and a lot of time to heal up. My sources tell me there will be more than one NFL team pursuing him hotly when he walks out of jail in four years.”

It is certainly legitimate food for thought. Based on the evidence the prosecution claims it has against Hernandez, I’m personally hoping there is enough for a jury to convict the 23-year-old. But if there is not, plenty of NFL teams will be willing to give him a look.

Investigators have searched extensively for the murder weapon that was used to kill Lloyd, but they have not — to our knowledge — had any luck in uncovering it. Without that gun, the case against Hernandez will be a lot weaker than prosecutors would like it to be.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Bill Belichick reportedly advised Aaron Hernandez to rent a safe house and lay low

Aaron HernandezThroughout the entire Aaron Hernandez murder investigation, people have wondered what exactly the New England Patriots knew about their former tight end’s life off the football field. It has become obvious that Hernandez hung around with a shady crowd and did his best to continue living the life of a thug, but to what extent were the Patriots aware of his indiscretions?

In a lengthy Rolling Stone piece that examine’s Hernandez’s life since childhood, Bill Belichick’s alleged knowledge of the 23-year-old’s crumbling personal life becomes a bit more clear. This past spring, before Odin Lloyd was shot and killed, Belichick had reportedly warned Hernandez that he was down to his final strike with the team.

Rolling Stone’s Paul Solotaroff claims Belichick was made aware of a domestic dispute at Hernandez’s Hermosa Beach, Calif. rental in March, where police were called after Hernandez allegedly put his fist through a window. No arrest was made, but Belichick reportedly “exploded” on Hernandez and told him he would be traded or cut at the end of the 2013 if he didn’t shape up.

In February, prior to the Hermosa Beach incident, Hernandez had reportedly flown to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis to confide in Belichick that he believed his life was in danger. A source told Solotaroff that Hernandez explained to Belichick that he was worried a group of gangsters he had befriended were “trying to kill him.”

According to a close Hernandez associate, Belichick advised the former Florida Gator to rent a safe house and lay low for a while. It is believed that he followed the advice by later renting an apartment in Franklin, Mass., though I highly doubt Belichick envisioned it becoming the so called “flophouse” where investigators seized several pieces of evidence after being led there by Carlos Oritz.

As we shared with you on Tuesday, the Rolling Stone article also claimed Hernandez was a heavy angel dust user who carried a gun around with him for safety. One friend of Hernandez’s family speculated that his use of angel dust, which can alter a person’s mentality, led to his paranoia.

“Don’t matter what it’s about: Aaron’s out of his mind,” the friend said. “He’s been twisted on dust now for more than a year, which is when all of this crazy sh– started.”

Previous reports have indicated that Hernandez had gang ties and feared for his life, so that seems to be a common theme. Whether or not his alleged drug use made those fears too much to handle remains a mystery.

Aaron Hernandez indicted in Odin Lloyd murder case

Aaron HernandezFormer New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was formally indicted by a grand jury in the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd on Thursday. The indictment, which was reported by CBS Boston and confirmed by Fall River Superior Court, came on the same day that Hernandez was due back in an Attleboro courtroom for a probable cause hearing.

Rather than laying out the evidence investigators have collected against Hernandez to make the case that he should remain in jail without bail, Bristol County prosecutors instead officially arraigned Hernandez. Last month, a judge granted a delay after prosecutors requested more time to present evidence against the 23-year-old to a grand jury. Without an indictment, Hernandez’s attorneys would have argued for his release on Thursday.

The official indictment follows a report from earlier this week that indicated the gun that was used in a 2012 double murder was found in Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn. It was reportedly uncovered in the car of a 19-year-old woman who has been arrested three times in the past year and was involved in a car crash in June. Prosecutors have been trying to make a case against Hernandez in the 2012 murders.

Gun used in 2012 double murder linked to Aaron Hernandez found

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The gun used in a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston that left two men dead has been found, WSHM in Springfield reports.

According to CBS 3 Springfield, the murder weapon turned up when police searched the car of Jailene Diaz-Ramos, who was involved in a car crash on June 21. Diaz-Ramos is from Bristol, Conn., which is Aaron Hernandez’s home town.

Diaz-Ramos was taken to a medical center following her crash. Police found a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver in a black briefcase in the trunk, per CBS 3. The gun was taken for testing and police confirmed it was the weapon used in the murder. Diaz-Ramos was arraigned for illegal possession of a gun and ammunition.

[Related: Jailene Diaz-Ramos arrested three times in past year]

Hernandez has been linked to the shooting that left Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu dead. Prosecutors were reportedly making the case to a Suffolk County grand jury that Hernandez should be charged for the murders.

Diaz-Ramos reportedly told police the gun belonged to a friend she referred to as “Chicago”. She told police she drove Chicago and his friends to work, that they are football players, and that the gun was left in the car because she did not want them to take it to work.

(Note: photo at top does not show purported murder weapon)

Aaron Hernandez’s mother was reportedly part of a ‘big-time’ gambling operation

Aaron HernandezThe more we learn about Aaron Hernandez as he awaits trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, the more we come to understand how troubled his past was. When Hernandez was 16, his father died unexpectedly following an infection that stemmed from a routine hernia surgery. Most people have pinpointed that tragic event as the moment where it all went wrong, but the roots run deeper than that.

When Hernandez was in sixth grade, his mother Terri Hernandez reportedly began taking bets for an illegal sports gambling organization. In a story about Hernandez’s past that was published in the Boston Globe on Thursday, Bob Hohler outlined some of the details regarding the gambling ring.

In 2001, Terri was arrested and charged with professional gambling for her involvement with the illegal operation. Police wiretaps allegedly intercepted her relaying several sports betting lines for games involving a number of teams, including — coincidentally — the New England Patriots. A man named Martin Hovanesian, Terri’s alleged accomplice, was convicted of felony racketeering and professional gambling.

“It was a big-time operation in a little town,’’ Hovanesian’s lawyer Williams Gerace told Hohler. “She was the phone operator, a minor player, not the brains.”

[Related: Aaron Hernandez's mother was stabbed by his stepfather]

The outcome of Terri’s case is not available under Connecticut law. That would have been five years before Hernandez’s father passed away, so it gives you an idea of the type of activity he was surrounded by at a young age.

Before you start accusing us of making excuses for Hernandez, we assure you we are not. Plenty of people come from horrible pasts without allegedly being involved in a murder later in life. But countless questions have been asked about how someone who signed a $40 million NFL contract could simply throw it all away. While Hernandez’s troubled past doesn’t excuse that, it could help explain why.