Documents: Hernandez told pal he fired fatal shots
By Curt Anderson and Erika Niedowski
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A man linked to the murder case against former
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez told police Hernandez
admitted firing the fatal shots, and a vehicle wanted in a double
killing in Boston a year before had been rented in Hernandez's name,
according to documents filed Tuesday in Florida that provide the most
damning evidence yet against the star athlete.
The documents say Hernandez associate Carlos Ortiz told Massachusetts
investigators that another man, Ernest Wallace, said Hernandez admitted
shooting semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near
Hernandez's home in North Attleborough. The documents were filed in
court by the Miramar, Fla., police department to justify a search of
Wallace's home in that city.
The documents also say that while investigating Lloyd's killing, police
did searches in Hernandez's hometown, Bristol, Conn., that turned up a
vehicle wanted in connection with a July 2012 double homicide in
Boston. Police say the vehicle had been rented in Hernandez's name.
Prosecutors say Hernandez, Wallace and another man drove with Lloyd to
an industrial park where Lloyd was fatally shot.
Ortiz told police that, after picking up Lloyd, the four men headed
back to North Attleborough. Along the way, Hernandez told Lloyd that
Lloyd had been "chilling" with people Hernandez had problems with, the
documents said. But Ortiz told police that the two men shook hands and
the problem seemed smoothed over. But soon the car stopped, and
everyone but Ortiz got out to urinate, according to Ortiz's account.
The witness also told police he then heard gunshots before Hernandez
and Wallace got back into the car without Lloyd and the vehicle sped
Wallace faces an accessory to murder charge in the case and has pleaded
Meanwhile, eight search warrants were unsealed in Massachusetts after
news organizations sought access to the records. The warrants reveal
the breadth of the investigation, with authorities scouring through
everything from Hernandez's house to his phone to the contents of his
team locker, which the Patriots emptied into a container after they
Police seized a rifle and ammunition found in Hernandez's home.
According to the documents, Hernandez became "argumentative" during his
first encounter with police at his home following Lloyd's death. He
asked, "What's with all the questions?" and locked the door behind him.
He then returned with his attorney's business card but didn't respond
when police told him they were investigating a death.
"Mr. Hernandez slammed the door and relocked it behind him," the
records read. "Mr. Hernandez did not ask officers whose death was being
investigated. Mr. Hernandez's demeanor did not indicate any concern for
the death of any person."
Hernandez came out later and agreed to be questioned at a police
station, according to the documents.
The documents also say Hernandez called his girlfriend's cellphone and
stopped her from speaking with police after they pulled her over and
told her Lloyd was dead.
Hernandez Implicated As The Shooter
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