Tracking Aaron Hernandez After Pleading Not Guilty to Double Murder from 2012

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Tracking Aaron Hernandez After Pleading Not Guilty to Double Murder from 2012
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Updates from Monday, July 14

Peter Schworm of The Boston Globe reported Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft were interviewed for the investigation surrounding Aaron Hernandez:

Investigators probing a murder allegedly committed by former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez interviewed Patriots coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft last summer, according to the latest court documents released in the pending murder trial.

The interviews were listed on a voluminous inventory of evidence that has been provided to Hernandez’s defense team. The inventory indicated the interviews ran four pages and were dated Aug. 20.

Investigators also interviewed Nick Caserio, the team’s director of player personnel, and searched the locker of a Patriots player, presumably Hernandez.

Schworm later provided more about Belichick and the investigation:

Updates from Wednesday, July 9

Kathryn Sotnik of NECN reported on Aaron Hernandez's latest court appearance:

ESPN's Michele Steele broke down arguments from both sides:

Sotnik has more from the prosecution and defense:

Updates from Wednesday, July 2

Albert Breer of NFL Network has the latest on Hernandez's arbitration hearing:

The Associated Press provides more details on the bonus, (via ESPN):

A lawyer for the families of two men allegedly gunned down by former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will ask a judge to bar the football team from paying Hernandez a $3.25 million contract signing bonus.

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William Kennedy, an attorney representing the men's families in wrongful death lawsuits, said the Patriots have challenged Hernandez's right to receive the bonus. But Kennedy said he wants a court order in case the team is ordered to pay Hernandez.

Updates from Tuesday, June 24

ESPN outlined the nature of Hernandez's court appearance Tuesday:

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is due in court for a hearing in a Boston case accusing him of the 2012 drive-by slayings of two men.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after a casual nightclub encounter. He is due in court Tuesday.

Kathryn Sotnik of NECN describes the scene:

Ted Daniel of Fox 25 provides Aaron Hernandez's tentative trial date for the Suffolk County case:

Daniel provides more details from the proceedings:

Sotnik passes along arguments from the prosecution and defense regarding the gag order:

Daniel reports the judge will not rule today:

Sotnik reports what lies ahead in Hernandez's legal proceedings:

Updates from Friday, June 20

ESPN has the latest on a civil suit Hernandez is facing:

An attorney in a wrongful-death lawsuit against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wants to keep the team from paying him a $3.25 million contract signing bonus if he wins a union appeal.

Attorney William Kennedy added the Patriots and the team owner's company Kraft Enterprises LLC as co-defendants in a $6 million lawsuit for the estates of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, whom Hernandez is accused of killing, the Boston Herald reported Thursday.

Prosecutors say Hernandez ambushed and gunned down the men after a chance encounter inside a nightclub weeks before he signed a five-year, $40 million contract and went on to catch 51 passes and score five touchdowns during the 2012 NFL season. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the men's slayings.

Kennedy also seeks to freeze Hernandez's assets, which his attorneys oppose. A Patriots spokesman declined to comment.

Updates from Monday, June 2

The Associated Press (via ESPN) has an update on Hernandez's double murder investigation:

A cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty Monday to a criminal contempt of court charge.

Tanya Singleton, 38, appeared at the Suffolk Superior Court in Massachusetts after refusing to testify before a grand jury, despite being granted immunity, in the investigation of Hernandez's alleged role in a 2012 double slaying in Boston's South End.

Singleton had "relative and material information" about the investigation, including the SUV that was allegedly used in the drive-by shooting of Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28, prosecutor Pat Haggan said. Investigators found the SUV at her home in Bristol, Connecticut, covered in dust and cobwebs, authorities said.

Updates from Friday, May 30

ESPN reports Aaron Hernandez may not have the capital to fund his current defense team:

The $18 million Aaron Hernandez made in three years as a tight end for the New England Patriots apparently was insufficient income to continue to afford the defense attorneys he has retained in his legal proceedings.

Hernandez, jailed for nearly a year without bail in Massachusetts as he now faces murder charges related to the killing of three men, has filed a motion asking a Suffolk County court for two months "to make financial arrangements to retain counsel," according to legal filings, the contents of which were first reported Friday by Fox Sports and later confirmed by ESPN's Michele Steele.

Updates from Wednesday, May 28

Albert Breer of NFL.com provides an update on Aaron Hernandez's legal proceedings:

Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated passes along more information:

Ben Volin of The Boston Globe describes the prosecution's allegations:

Maria Cramer of The Boston Globe highlights more courtroom dialogue:

James Koh of NFL Network outlines the defense's take:

Breer previously broke down the latest on Hernandez:

Updates from Tuesday, May 27

SFGate.com's Staff, via the Associated Press, reports when Aaron Hernandez is due in court:

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is due in court this week to face arraignment on murder charges for allegedly shooting two men in 2012.

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Prosecutors said Hernandez ambushed and gunned down the men after a chance encounter inside a Boston nightclub. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court.

Albert Breer of NFL.com reports on what Hernandez will be charged with: 

Updates from Wednesday, May 21

Michele Steele of ESPN talked to investigators in the double homicide case against Aaron Hernandez, who updated the current focus of their work:

TMZ had more on the investigation into Hernandez's tattoos:

Officials say they want information on "specific tattoos" they believe Hernandez got between February 2012 and June 2013 -- and it seems they believe AH got the tats to memorialize his role in the shooting.

We pulled up some photos of Aaron's arm from before and after the time period mentioned by cops -- and noticed one major difference ... stars.

It appears Aaron had at least 3 stars added to a design on his outside forearm.  Though it's unclear if those are the tats at the center of the investigation.

Original Text

Less than a year after Aaron Hernandez was charged with the murder of former semipro football player Odin Lloyd, the former New England Patriots tight end has been indicted on a double murder charge stemming from a 2012 shooting, according to Ted Daniel of Fox 25 News in Boston:

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley confirmed the indictment at a press conference, via Fox 25:

Conley also shared details of the shooting:

As for how this case will line up with charges in Lloyd's death, Fox 25 had a likely timeline:

Hernandez will have an arraignment for the charges in roughly a week's time:

The former Pro Bowler was publicly tabbed as a suspect in the slayings of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado in January, via Jenny Wilson of The Hartford Courant, but was investigated for a possible role in them just days after the death of Lloyd, per Daniel:

Daniel and Albert Breer of NFL.com offered a timeline connecting this alleged incident to Hernandez's playing career: 

Daniel reports that Abreu and Furtado were immigrants from a small island nation:

They were best friends and were ultimately buried next to each other following their untimely deaths:

Per Wilson, Hernandez is alleged to have been in a silver SUV that pulled up alongside the vehicle occupied by Abreu and Furtado on July 16, 2012. Five or six shots were reportedly fired into that vehicle, killing Abreu and Furtado, injuring another man and leaving two others unharmed.

Daniel reports that a possible motive for Hernandez hasn't yet been determined:

Per The Associated Press, police said there is "probable cause" to believe Hernandez was the driver of the SUV and "may have been the shooter." The SUV believed to have been involved in the slayings of Abreu and Furtado was found at the home of Hernandez's uncle in Bristol, Connecticut.

There is also a possible link between the double murder and the killing of Lloyd. According to the AP report, Sharif Hasheem, who is a security supervisor at a Boston nightclub, alleged that the shootings are related. Hasheem reportedly told police that "someone accidentally spilled the beans in front of me," regarding the relationship between the two shootings.

Those with possible knowledge of the shootings have largely remained silent. According to Evan Allen of The Boston Globe, one-time Hernandez associate Alexander Bradley—who was seen with Hernandez on the night of the 2012 double homicide—was shot in the leg outside a Hartford, Connecticut, nightclub in February 2014. Bradley was subpoenaed to testify in the double murder case in October, and he was arrested when he refused.

Bradley did file a civil lawsuit against Hernandez in November, however, per Wesley Lowery of The Boston Globe. Bradley also alleged that Hernandez shot him in the eye in February 2013.

Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated noted that Bradley isn't the only person linked to Hernandez who has been shot or killed since the latter's initial arrest:

Lowery, now with The Washington Post, offered his perspective on Hernandez's legal issues compared to other famous incidents involving pro athletes:

Following Hernandez's initial arrest for his suspected involvement in the murder of Lloyd, he was released by the Patriots. The team issued a statement expressing great disappointment regarding the situation Hernandez found himself in:

A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do.

The 24-year-old Hernandez had all the makings of a superstar tight end in the NFL. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2011 and formed a dynamic combination with fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Hernandez is already in hot water regarding the Lloyd murder charge, but adding a double murder on top of that makes things even more dire from his perspective. It remains to be seen if there is ample evidence necessary to find him guilty of killing Lloyd, but his chances of being exonerated only get worse as more charges and allegations pile up.

It was already apparent following the Lloyd murder charge that Hernandez had a long road ahead of him, but that road has now gotten even longer and more treacherous.

 

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