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Aaron Hernandez will reportedly remain in solitary confinement

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez was placed in solitary confinement at the Bristol County House of Corrections immediately after he was booked, and it appears that is where the former New England Patriots tight end is going to remain for the foreseeable future.

TMZ reported on Friday that jail officials have stated it is in Hernandez’s “best interest” to remain isolated from the other inmates and away from the jail population. Jail officials reportedly met yesterday and determined that there is still a chance Hernandez could be in danger, so they have decided to stick with the current course of action for now.

When Hernandez was first placed behind bars, jail officials examined his tattoos — including this one on his right hand — and interviewed the 23-year-old to determine if he was affiliated with any gangs. Hernandez reportedly denied having any ties to gangs and correctional officers did not find reason to believe otherwise, but sheriff Thomas Hogson said Hernandez would not have one-on-one interaction with other inmates to prevent someone from trying to “make a name for himself.”

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union likened Hernandez’s situation in solitary confinement to “torture.” Despite their concerns and the fact that Hernandez has been described as a “model inmate,” jail officials have not given any indication that he will be moved. TMZ also reported that he has had visitors while in jail, though sources could not say who has gone to see him.

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Aaron Hernandez accuser Carlos Ortiz admitted to using drugs and alcohol daily

Carlos OrtizAaron Hernandez and his attorneys have a lot of work to do if they plan to somehow attempt to prove he is innocent. The evidence piling up against Hernandez looks quite incriminating, with much of it stemming from information his friend Carlos Ortiz gave to authorities. However, defense attorneys will surely look to prove that Ortiz is not a credible witness.

How will they do that? For starters, they could point to Ortiz’s admitted history of abusing drugs and alcohol. According to an affidavit for a recent arrest on a probation violation that was obtained by USA Today Sports, Ortiz admitted to substance abuse in a meeting with his probation officer on May 21. The documents stated that he “disclosed that he was abusing PCP, alcohol and THC daily.”

[Related: Carlos Ortiz told police Aaron Hernandez admitted to firing shots]

At that point, Ortiz was ordered to enter an in-patient drug program but reportedly missed an appointment two days later. The affidavit said that he went on to avoid treatment for the next month, saying that he lost his cell phone and telling his probation officer on June 18 that he wasn’t sure where to go to enter the program. Six days prior, he allegedly failed a drug test for alcohol, cocaine, PCP and THC.

When Ortiz surfaced on surveillance footage at Aaron Hernandez’s home the night Odin Lloyd was murdered, it was the first time his probation officers knew of his whereabouts in two weeks. Ortiz’s presence in Massachusetts violated his probation for fifth-degree larceny, and he was arrested by police in Bristol, Conn. on June 25.

[Related: Carlos Ortiz led investigators to Aaron Hernandez's apartment]

And now, here we are. Ortiz is probably the most important witness in the Hernandez case. Does his history of drug and alcohol abuse mean the information he has given about Hernandez is inaccurate? No, but a jury will have to decide if it makes him a less credible witness.

Browns RB Dion Lewis: ‘Aaron Hernandez homie snitched on him lol’

Cleveland Browns running back Dion Lewis learned on Wednesday that it is probably best to simply ignore the Aaron Hernandez murder investigation on public forums like Twitter. The subject is a sensitive one, so comments like this are not bright:

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Dion-Lewis-BrownsLewis quickly realized he had made a mistake and deleted the tweet, but not before CBSSports.com’s Eye on Football blog was able to capture it. For those who have not followed the Odin Lloyd murder case closely, Lewis was referring to Hernandez’s friend Carlos Ortiz. Ortiz has given investigators several key pieces of information, including informing police that Ernest Wallace (another one of Hernandez’s friends) told him that Hernandez admitted to shooting Lloyd.

In addition, Ortiz also led investigators to an apartment that Hernandez had in Franklin, Mass. where several key pieces of evidence were seized.

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Carlos Ortiz told police ‘other football players’ used Aaron Hernandez’s apartment

Aaron HernandezCarlos Ortiz has been the driving force behind much of the evidence that has been compiled against Aaron Hernandez in the murder of Odin Lloyd, but could the information result in other players being questioned as well? According to the Associated Press, Ortiz told investigators that “other football players” used one of Hernandez’s apartments.

When outlining the timeline of events for investigators, Ortiz reportedly said that he, Hernandez and Ernest Wallace returned a Nissan Altima — the one Hernandez allegedly rented — the afternoon Lloyd was killed. He said he and Wallace then “went to an apartment in the area that Hernandez and other football players used.” After that, Ortiz said he and Wallace drove to Bristol and Wallace told him that Hernandez admitted to shooting Lloyd.

Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com noted that Ortiz was likely talking about Hernandez’s so-called “flop house” in Franklin, Mass., where authorities seized several key pieces of evidence last week. Curran also pointed out that other New England Patriots players could be questioned because of the information Ortiz gave.

Ortiz was not necessarily referring to Patriots players when he said “other football players.” In fact, there is a growing belief that Hernandez hardly ever associated with any of his teammates unless they were at the team facility or practicing. That being said, investigators have to be thorough. The Patriots may have released Hernandez and allowed fans to exchange his jersey at no cost, but that doesn’t mean they are done having to deal with the problems their former tight end has created.

Carlos Ortiz told police Aaron Hernandez admitted to shooting Odin Lloyd

Carlos OrtizOne of three men arrested in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd told police that Aaron Hernandez admitted to shooting the 27-year-old victim, according to documents released on Tuesday.

Per the Associated Press, documents show that Carlos Ortiz told Massachusetts investigators that Ernest Wallace, the third man arrested in connection with the case, said Hernandez admitted to shooting Lloyd in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass. Documents also show that police discovered a vehicle linked to a 2012 double homicide in Boston was rented in Hernandez’s name.

Ortiz apparently did not witness the shooting. He told police that he, Wallace, Hernandez and Lloyd were in a car together the morning of Lloyd’s death. Ortiz told police that the other three got out to urinate, and that he heard gunshots before Wallace and Hernandez got back in the car without Lloyd and sped away.

From the moment we saw Ortiz nearly breaking down and crying in court, it became obvious that he felt remorseful about the situation. It’s not surprising that he appears to be the one cooperating with police in helping them pursue the murder case.

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Aaron Hernandez, Odin Lloyd reportedly partied together two nights before murder

Aaron HernandezWhether Aaron Hernandez murdered Odin Lloyd or not, the evidence released by investigators on Tuesday afternoon seems to make it clear that the two had contact with one another and hung out together in the days and hours leading up to the shooting. In fact, there are various indications that Hernandez and Lloyd even partied together — hard.

As Dave Altimari of the Hartford Courant noted, police reports say Hernandez and Lloyd were at Rumor night club in Boston together on Friday, June 14 (Lloyd was killed the morning of June 17). Police were told the men got so drunk that night that they never even made it into Hernandez’s North Attleboro home after leaving the club, and instead slept outside.

A worker at Rumor also informed investigators that Hernandez had a handgun visible from his waistband while he was with Lloyd on Friday. The following night, Hernandez and Lloyd had a vague text conversation, which can be seen in its entirety here. Then, in the early hours of Monday morning, Lloyd was killed. An overnight employee at a nearby industrial park is said to have heard the gunshots the morning Lloyd was shot.

[RelatedPolice think Aaron Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd over drugs, secrets]

When police spoke to Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins, she allegedly informed them that she last saw Lloyd at about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 15. That story would seem to coincide with the report that Hernandez and Lloyd had themselves a sleepover on Friday night.

One of the intriguing things about the new information we learned is the inconsistency of the information Jenkins gave police. She reportedly cried when informed that Lloyd had been killed, yet she later claimed to not know much about him. Despite supposedly not knowing much about him, she knew enough to believe he was a drug dealer. To be continued…

Shayanna Jenkins reportedly cried when told ‘drug dealer’ Odin Lloyd had been killed

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez’s fiancee Shayanna Jenkins reportedly answered several questions for police officers before Hernandez allegedly called her on the phone and told her to stop. According to police reports released to the public on Tuesday, Jenkins immediately began to cry when she was informed that Lloyd had been killed.

Jenkins told police that Lloyd was dating her sister Shaneah Jenkins, which Hernandez also confirmed when he was first questioned by police. She later claimed that she was not very familiar with him and did not know his family or any of his friends. Shayanna said that Hernandez knew Lloyd through Shaneah, and that she last saw Lloyd on Saturday, June 15 at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Despite telling authorities she was not very familiar with Lloyd, Jenkins allegedly went on to say that she knew he “smoked marijuana and was also a marijuana dealer.” She said she often overheard Lloyd talking on his cell phone about what she assumed were marijuana sales because his phone was constantly ringing and he spoke in “lingo.”

[Related: Police think Aaron Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd over drugs, secrets]

Hernandez was at the North Attleboro Police department, where he had agreed to go and answer some questions, at the time Jenkins spoke to officers on June 17. Jenkins provided investigators with a cell phone number for Hernandez, which an officer called on the spot and hung up when Hernandez answered.

Another interesting piece of information Jenkins shared with investigators had to do with the surveillance system at Hernandez’s home. She explained how it worked and said that it was recently installed because there had been several recent break-in attempts at the residence.

[Related: Sheriff will try to prevent Aaron Hernandez from marrying in jail]

Jenkins then told officers that she was unsure who Hernandez went out with the night of June 16 into the early morning of June 17, when Lloyd was murdered. It was at that point that Hernandez allegedly called her on her cell phone and told her that his sports agent said she should not speak to investigators.

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