Updates from Monday, July 14
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:
New Hernandez dox show that prosecutors have 33 pages of texts between Belichick and Hernandez— Peter Schworm (@globepete) July 14, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 9
Kathryn Sotnik of NECN reported on Aaron Hernandez's latest court appearance:
Lots of technical talk, but Aaron Hernandez atty trying to get those medical records turned over from the Pats. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) July 9, 2014
Hernandez attorneys want his psychological testing, MRIs, CT scans, drug/alcohol abuse related records from the Pats. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) July 9, 2014
ESPN's Michele Steele broke down arguments from both sides:
Patriots attorney cites "trade secret" in opposition to handing over Aaron Hernandez medical records— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) July 9, 2014
Patriots attorney cites "trade secret" in opposition to handing over Aaron Hernandez medical records— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) July 9, 2014
Patriots oppose turning over two types of docs related to Hernandez: a psychological assessment from the combine and AH scouting reports— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) July 9, 2014
Patriots submitted 13 page opposition detailing why team does not want to turn over Hernandez medical records, per AH defense attorney— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) July 9, 2014
Sotnik has more from the prosecution and defense:
Prosecutors: Citing Hernandez alleged shooting of his friend Alexander Bradley. Says this was after the draft. Won't be in report. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) July 9, 2014
Prosecutors: arguing the scouting report may not be all encompassing b/c Hernandez could have withheld certain info. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) July 9, 2014
Defense says a TMZ photo of Hernandez holding gun was tracked by Pats via satellite to find location where it was taken. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) July 9, 2014
Prosecutors say it's false that defense doesn't know who Pats atty is, because he was introduced to Aaron before. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) July 9, 2014
Pats atty: says the Hernandez combine/scouting report has no bearing on his state of mind the night of Lloyd murder. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) July 9, 2014
Pats atty says the combine report is only a page and a half. Calls it a fishing expedition by Hernandez defense. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) July 9, 2014
There's no set date for Aaron Hernandez's arbitration hearing with Patriots over the signing bonus money. Was initially expected in June.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 2, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 2
Albert Breer of NFL Network has the latest on Hernandez's arbitration hearing:
At issue is Hernandez's $12.5M signing bonus. Pats paid $6M at signing, $3.25M in March '13. Didn't make the $3.25M payment in March '14.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 2, 2014
Hernandez's camp trying to recover the $3.25M, which could wind up in the hands of the victim's families. Pats may try to get more $$ back.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 2, 2014
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.
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:
Hernandez cuffs coming off. Last time clerk magistrate didn't allow that here in Suffolk Co. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) June 24, 2014
May 28 2015 is TENATIVE trial date for AH in Boston case— Ted Daniel (@TedDanielFOX25) June 24, 2014
Ted Daniel of Fox 25 provides Aaron Hernandez's tentative trial date for the Suffolk County case:
Hernandez attorney telling Judge more time is needed b/c of AH's other murder case in Bristol Co— Ted Daniel (@TedDanielFOX25) June 24, 2014
Daniel provides more details from the proceedings:
Judge listening to request by AH legal team for a gag order in Boston case— Ted Daniel (@TedDanielFOX25) June 24, 2014
Now hearing from the prosecutor: What you have here is an accusation that this court isn't use to hearing high profile cases. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) June 24, 2014
Sotnik passes along arguments from the prosecution and defense regarding the gag order:
Prosecutor: defense is asking we change the usual protocol and use these "strict requirements," in their arguing against gag order. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) June 24, 2014
Prosecutors saying Judge in Bristol Co agreed to gag order partly because of Mike Pouncey potential leak of info. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) June 24, 2014
Defense: "I don't give a wit about custom and practice." "Worst excuse ever" talking about prosecutions argument. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) June 24, 2014
Defense: Let's safeguard Hernandez's right to a fair trial. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) June 24, 2014
Judge will rule on gag order at later date— Ted Daniel (@TedDanielFOX25) June 24, 2014
Daniel reports the judge will not rule today:
Now talking status of evidence in case. Prosecution says will have all "discovery" in next 30 days. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) June 24, 2014
Sotnik reports what lies ahead in Hernandez's legal proceedings:
Hernandez defense says they won't file any more motions in Boston double homicide case until after Bristol Co case is done. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) June 24, 2014
Hernandez status hearing is set for August 14th. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) June 24, 2014
Hernandez just mouthed something to the TV camera in courtroom. Looked like "I love you," but unclear. Court is over. @NECN— Kathryn Sotnik (@kathrynsotnik) June 24, 2014
Former Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to all seven charges.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 28, 2014
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:
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:
Next hearing on June 24.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 28, 2014
DA says that the Aaron Hernandez double murder case likely won't go to trial for 18-24 months.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 28, 2014
In a Boston courtroom, Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to both murder counts & 3 other counts. Request his handcuffs be removed: denied.— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) May 28, 2014
Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated passes along more information:
Prosecution alleges that the double murder began when the victim bumped into Hernandez at a club and spilled his drink— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) May 28, 2014
Ben Volin of The Boston Globe describes the prosecution's allegations:
"I think I got one in the head and one in the chest," #AaronHernandez told his friend.— Maria Cramer (@GlobeMCramer) May 28, 2014
Maria Cramer of The Boston Globe highlights more courtroom dialogue:
James Koh of NFL Network outlines the defense's take:
Hernandez is facing seven charges, including two first-degree murder charges, in connection to a July 2012 shooting in Boston's South End.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 28, 2014
Breer previously broke down the latest on Hernandez:
He could be at the courthouse for as little as 25 minutes today. But two new pieces of information on Hernandez I can pass along now ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 28, 2014
1) Hernandez's defense team will seek to have him moved from the prison in Fall River to one in Suffolk County, closer to his lawyers. ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 28, 2014
2) The Patriots and Hernandez's reps have a June hearing set to go before an arbitrator as the team seeks to recover signing bonus money.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 28, 2014
Per the DA, Aaron Hernandez will be charged with 2 counts of first-degree murder and 3 counts of armed assault w/intent to murder tomorrow.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 27, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 27
SFGate.com's Staff, via the Associated Press, reports when Aaron Hernandez is due in court:
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:
... Hernandez will also be charged with single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 27, 2014
Suffolk County DA says investigators looking to talk to tattoo artists who may have serviced Aaron Hernandez after 2012 double homicide— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) May 21, 2014
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:
BREAKING/EXCLUSIVE: AARON HERNANDEZ JUST INDICTED FOR JULY, 2012 DOUBLE MURDER IN BOSTON. #fox25— Ted Daniel (@TedDanielFOX25) May 15, 2014
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.
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:
A chance encounter inside Boston nighclub triggered series of events that culminated in murders #fox25— FOX 25 News Boston (@fox25news) May 15, 2014
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:
NEW HERNANDEZ INDICTMENT: Boston Police began investigating AH within days after Odin Lloyd Killing in June #fox25— Ted Daniel (@TedDanielFOX25) May 15, 2014
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:
NEW HERNANDEZ INDICTMENT: if allegations true - AH would have played entire NFL season after killing 2 #fox25— Ted Daniel (@TedDanielFOX25) May 15, 2014
Daniel and Albert Breer of NFL.com offered a timeline connecting this alleged incident to Hernandez's playing career:
The double homicide Aaron Hernandez was indicted on occurred six weeks before the Patriots signed him to a 5-year, $40 million extension.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 15, 2014
NEW HERNANDEZ INDICTMENT: Victims Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu immigrated from Cape Verde #fox25— Ted Daniel (@TedDanielFOX25) May 15, 2014
Daniel reports that Abreu and Furtado were immigrants from a small island nation:
NEW HERNANDEZ INDICTMENT: Victims were best friends buried side by side in Mattapan pic.twitter.com/KjGysECjPt— Ted Daniel (@TedDanielFOX25) May 15, 2014
They were best friends and were ultimately buried next to each other following their untimely deaths:
NEW HERNANDEZ INDICTMENT: At this point motive for double murder has not been released #fox25— Ted Daniel (@TedDanielFOX25) May 15, 2014
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.
Since Aaron Hernandez was arrested, # of people associated to him who have died: 3. Shot: 1. Both willingly & credibly testify he did it: 0.— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) February 3, 2014
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:
Doesn't have the racial implications of OJ, but an argument to be made that Aaron Hernandez is the biggest sports-crime story in US history— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) May 15, 2014
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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