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Aaron Hernandez reportedly letting other inmates respond to his female fan mail

Aaron HernandezFormer New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been receiving a lot of fan mail since he was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd and sent to jail. Being the generous and kind-hearted guy that he is, the 24-year-old has decided to share the wealth.

TMZ has obtained some letters that were sent to a woman as responses to a letter she sent Hernandez at the Bristol County House of Corrections. The responses were not from the former NFL star. Instead, the young lady says she received replies from some of Hernandez’s “roommates” named John and Rondo. Here are some samples from the letters, which can be seen in their entirety here.

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Mike Pouncey testifies before grand jury in Aaron Hernandez case

Mike-Pouncey-DolphinsMiami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey reportedly missed practice on Wednesday to travel to Massachusetts so he could testify before a grand jury in the Aaron Hernandez murder case. The Palm Beach Post noted that Pouncey was absent and listed as “non-injury” on the team’s Wednesday practice report.

The Dolphins are set to take on the New England Patriots on Sunday in what is virtually a must-win for Miami if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. Instead of practicing with his teammates, Pouncey was likely answering a number of questions about his friendship with Hernandez that dates back to their playing days at the University of Florida.

As we know, Hernandez is currently in jail awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Pouncey and his twin brother Maurkice were photographed wearing ‘Free Hernandez’ hats shortly after Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder. Maurkice later apologized for wearing the hat, but Mike avoided the subject.

It is unclear what information investigators sought from Pouncey, as Hernandez is awaiting trial for the murder of Lloyd and prosecutors have also reportedly been pushing for him to be charged for his possible involvement in a drive-by shooting that left two dead in 2012. The fact that Pouncey was called to testify does not mean he did anything wrong. A previous report indicated that he may be asked about potential interstate gun trafficking by Hernandez.

Aaron Hernandez reportedly being investigated for secretly passing notes to other inmates

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez is reportedly being investigated for something we have probably all gotten in trouble for doing in grade school — passing notes. According to TMZ, officials at the Bristol County House of Corrections are trying to determine if Hernandez has been passing secret messages to other inmates, which is not allowed.

TMZ reported on Tuesday that one of Hernandez’s fellow inmates was caught trying to steal Aaron’s jail ID badge. Jail officials say an inmate would receive no in-house advantage by using another inmates badge, so there was speculation that the person who stole it may have been looking to somehow sell it for a profit. As it turns out, the guy who stole the ID badge is reportedly the person Hernandez was sending messages to.

Hernandez apparently gave a copy of a book called “Bad Boy Brawly Brown” to the inmate who stole his badge and wrote a note inside of it. The handwriting, TMZ says, matched the penmanship of the previous letter Hernandez wrote from jail. Was Hernandez angry at the guy for stealing from him? Not exactly.

“I heard you are the one that tried to steal my ID!” Hernandez reportedly wrote. “That’s crazy LOL!”

He then went into more of the same narrative about how he is innocent and can’t wait to have his day in court and play football again soon. There could supposedly be “severe consequences” if it is determined that Hernandez was passing secret notes to inmates. Maybe they’ll keep him after school or make him write “I will note pass notes in jail” on the chalk board.

Double murder survivor says he saw shooter’s face and it was Aaron Hernandez

Aaron HernandezAs Aaron Hernandez remains locked up at the Bristol County House of Corrections awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, investigators have continued to fish for details surrounding a double homicide that took place in Boston in 2012. With the way the case has reportedly developed, prosecutors may wind up having a stronger case against Hernandez in that shooting than they do with the Lloyd murder.

On Tuesday morning, Mike Beaudet of FOX 25 in Boston told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich” that a survivor who claims to have been in the car that was shot at during the 2012 double murder has come forward. The survivor has reportedly told police that he saw the shooter’s face and that the shooter was Hernandez.

An interview with the survivor is set to air on FOX 25 at 10 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

Should it be determined that the alleged survivor is indeed telling the truth and was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, this would obviously be a major development. Investigators have already reportedly seized surveillance footage from a nightclub that shows Hernandez with the two victims just hours before they were killed. The gun used in the drive-by shooting was also reportedly found inside a woman’s car who is from Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn.

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

It will be interesting to hear what the alleged survivor has to say about the incident, but it seems obvious that Hernandez’s lawyers will inevitably have plenty to worry about aside from the Lloyd murder.

Cris Collinsworth praises Patriot way, forgot about whole Aaron Hernandez thing

Aqib-Talib-PatriotsThe New England Patriots have long had a reputation for bringing in troubled players and getting the most of them on the field. That is, until one of their best players was arrested and charged with murder.

On Sunday night, NBC’s Cris Collinsworth was discussing the fantastic game cornerback Aqib Talib had against the Atlanta Falcons. He seemed to forget about the most shocking drama of the NFL offseason.

“We all know about Aqib Talib and his history and what happened in Tampa,” Collinsworth said during the Sunday Night Football broadcast. “All Bill Belichick does is bring them in here and there hasn’t been one ounce of a problem. There’s something about when they come in and play for the Patriots. Whatever their issues were before, they disappear.”

We know the point Collinsworth was trying to make. Talib is known for things like getting into fights with teammates and not going to class in college. Despite that, he has been nothing but a shutdown corner for New England since he was acquired via trade last season. Other players like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss, who caused locker room problems elsewhere, were able to do the same for the Patriots.

However, Hernandez has pretty much put a damper on the entire thing. Belichick and company knew Hernandez liked to smoke weed and had a history of hanging out with a rough crowd, but they drafted him and signed him to a $40 million contract anyway. Now, he is awaiting trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd and could be linked to a separate double murder. It sure sounded like Collinsworth momentarily forgot about that.

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Aaron Hernandez supporters show up to watch him plead not guilty

Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez pled not guilty to all charges at his arraignment on Friday, as expected. The only surprise people witnessed during the proceedings (but not really) were the animated supporters that showed up wearing Hernandez jerseys and shirts featuring positive messages about the former New England Patriots tight end.

According to the Boston Globe’s Wesley Lowery, several people showed up to the arraignment and filled some of the court room’s public seats wearing Hernandez jerseys and shirts that said things like “Free AH 81″ on them. One woman even wore a shirt she made herself:

ESPN’s Michele Steele spoke to the same folks Lowery was referring to, and they informed her that they are not related to Hernandez but are simply supporters.

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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