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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

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.