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Former Bristol Central, Patriots star Aaron Hernandez charged with murder [Updated]

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Aaron Hernandez stands as charges against him are read in Massachusetts Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Aaron Hernandez stands as charges against him are read in Massachusetts Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

We’re compiling all the latest news on the Aaron Hernandez murder case. Check back for the latest updates.


Update: Saturday — Odin Lloyd laid to rest

BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of relatives, friends and well-wishers have gathered at a church in Boston for the funeral of a semi-pro football player whose killing led to murder and weapons charges against former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

Odin Lloyd was found shot to death near Hernandez’s home. Police arrested Hernandez on Wednesday at his home and charged him with orchestrating the execution-style shooting. Mourners gathered at Church of the Holy Spirit in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood Saturday morning for Lloyd’s funeral.


Update: Saturday – New York Times profiles Lloyd, Hernandez relationship

Bill Pennington of the New York Times, assisted with reporting from several others in Boston and Bristol, took a closer look at the fated relationship between Odin Lloyd and Aaron Hernandez. NFL star and murder victim: Where diverse paths crossed.


Update: Friday – 9:50 p.m. — Lloyd Odin’s sister speaks to ABC News

Lloyd Odin’s sister Olivia Thibou tells ABC News she’s still trying to understand why her brother was murdered.

“I’m still trying to process what’s going on. I feel like I relive every day in my dreams. I go to sleep and I relive everything that’s broadcast on TV. I relive the night that we found out. I relive just everything. Even when I’m sleeping at night, I feel like it’s just a bad dream I’m not waking up from.”


Update: Friday – 3:40 p.m. — Patriots offer Hernandez jersey exchange

In a move geared toward helping families whose children own Aaron Hernandez’s No. 81 jersey, the Patriots have announced a free jersey swap at the Gilette Stadium Pro Shop on from July 6-7. Swaps are limited to one per person.

From Patriots spokesperson Stacey James:

“We know that children love wearing their Patriots jerseys, but may not understand why parents don’t want them wearing their Hernandez jerseys anymore. We hope this opportunity to exchange those jerseys at the Patriots ProShop for another player’s jersey will be well received by parents.”

More details here.


Update: Friday – 2 p.m. — 3rd suspect captured


Massachusetts State Police confirm that Ernest Wallace turned himself into police in Miramar, Fla.

Wallace walked into the police station and told officers there was a warrant for his arrest, which officers confirmed by checking a computer database.

“He stated he knew he had a warrant because he saw himself on TV,” Miramar police Officer Gil Bueno said. “He was very cooperative. It was uneventful.”

All three of the arrested suspects have ties to Bristol, Conn.: Hernandez grew up there, Ortiz had been living there and authorities had conflicting addresses for Wallace there and in Miramar.

 

Update: Friday, noon — Police find suspect’s car 

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts authorities say they have recovered a car linked to another suspect in the slaying case involving ex-Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

North Attleborough police and the Bristol County district attorney’s office say a 2012 Chrysler 300 they were looking for has been found.

Update: Friday, 11:44 a.m. — Suspect Ortiz extradited to Mass.

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — A man arrested in Connecticut in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is on his way to Massachusetts.

A judge in Bristol, Conn., ordered Carlos Ortiz turned over to Massachusetts authorities during a hearing Friday morning.


Update: Friday – Bristol residents stunned

Pat Eaton-Robb, the Associated Press’ Connecticut sports reporter, writes on reaction from Aaron Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, where he starred as a receiver at Bristol Central.

“You could maybe say he was immature, but he wasn’t a gang-banger at all,” former Bristol Central teammate Andrew Ragali said. “I think when he went to college things might have changed, hanging around with the wrong people, but in high school, he wasn’t like that at all.”

 

Update: Friday, 6:40 a.m. – Providence bar searched

Police have searched a Providence, R.I. bar, looking for surveillance video as part of their investigation, WJAR-TV reports.

 

Update: Thursday, 6:20 – Schefter: Car from double homicide found, tied to Hernandez

ESPN’s Adam Schefter Tweeted a bombshell Thursday evening: The suspected getaway car from the unsolved double homicide in 2012 has been found. Worse, it’s connected to Hernandez.

 

Update: Thursday: 4:30 – Hernandez loses endorsement deal

Puma tells MassLive it has ended its relationship with Aaron Hernandez after two months “in light of the current situation” involving the tight end.

Late last week, CytoSport, the producers of Muscle Milk, also terminated their relationship with Hernandez.

Update: Thursday, 3:11 – Judge denies Hernandez bail again

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has denied bail for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who’s charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a friend.

Hernandez’s lawyer argued at a bail review hearing Thursday in Fall River that Hernandez is not a risk to flee and the case against him is circumstantial.

But a prosecutor said evidence against Hernandez is “overwhelming.”

Meanwhile, supporters outside the courthouse serenaded Hernandez with ‘innocent!’ as he was transported back to jail.

Update: Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – Hernandez also investigated for 2012 double homicide

While Hernandez waited for a Thursday bail review court date, a source tells Fox 25 in Boston that Hernandez is also being investigated for a double homicide committed downtown July 16, 2012.

From the story:

The men were identified as Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu. The FOX 25 source said the men, who worked at a cleaning company in Dorchester, had just left a bar in the area.

Furtado and Abreu were sitting in the front seat of the vehicle when witnesses said the occupants of a gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island plates opened fire on it. The surviving victim was in the back seat. Investigators believed two others in the car fled the scene.

The Boston Globe later confirmed the report, adding that investigators believe Lloyd Odin may have had knowledge of Hernandez’s involvement in the killings.

From The Globe:

“The motive might have been that the victim knew [Hernandez] might have been involved,” one of the officials said.

Update: Thursday morning – 2nd suspect arrested

Associated Press — A prosecutor says the arrest of a Connecticut man is linked to the murder investigation involving former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

New Britain State’s Attorney Brian Preleski says 27-year-old Carlos Ortiz was charged as a fugitive from justice and has waived extradition to Massachusetts. Prison records show Ortiz is being held on $1.5 million bail at a Hartford jail.

Update – 7:57 a.m., Thursday – TMZ publishes Hernandez photos

TMZ has obtained photos of Hernandez in high school posing with what it says are gang signs “often associated with the Bristol Bloods street gang in Connecticut.”

From TMZ:

Aaron was long-rumored to be a member of the gang … and now, with this photo — combined with the “blood” tattoo spotted on his hand during his arraignment — the doubt has seemingly been erased.

TMZ previously posted another photo of Hernandez posing with a Glock for a self portrait. TMZ says the photo was taken while Hernandez was at the University of Florida.

 

Original Post: Hernandez charged with murder, held without bond

Via the Associated Press:

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — Police have charged Patriots tight end and Bristol Eastern star Aaron Hernandez with murder and weapons counts in connection with the slaying of a semi-pro football player whose body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s home.

The charge was revealed Wednesday in Attleboro District Court after Hernandez was arrested at his sprawling North Attleborough home. Less than two hours after his arrest, the Patriots cut Hernandez from the team.

The investigation started more than a week ago after semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was found slain in an industrial park in North Attleborough, on the Rhode Island line not far from where the Patriots play.

Lloyd’s family says he and Hernandez were friends and that Lloyd’s girlfriend and Hernandez’s fiancee are sisters.

Authorities say Lloyd was shot multiple times in the back and chest. They say Hernandez was upset with Lloyd after the two had a dispute at a nightclub a few days before.

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It’s not clear who investigators believe fired the shots.

Hernandez’s attorney, Michael Fee, asked for bail, saying Hernandez is not a flight risk, is a homeowner and lives with his fiancee and an 8-month-old baby. He also said Hernandez had never been accused of a violent crime.

The judge ordered Hernandez held without bail pending further proceedings.

Hernandez was a Gatorade Player of the Year at Bristol Central in 2006 and, until recently, held the Connecticut record for single-season receiving yards. He starred at Florida and was drafted by the Patriots in 2010.

In 38 games over his three NFL seasons, the 6-foot-1, 245-pound Hernandez has 175 receptions for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns. Last summer, the Patriots gave Hernandez a five-year contract worth $41 million just months after the team locked up Gronkowski through 2019.

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