Surveillance photos taken on the night of Odin Lloyd’s death appear to show Aaron Hernandez -- the man charged with Lloyd’s murder -- holding a gun.
Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, is charged with first-degree murder of semi-pro football player Lloyd, whose body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass., just outside of Boston. According to court records, Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.
According to CNN/HLN sources, new court documents released Thursday revealed several new pieces of evidence in the case against Hernandez. Included in those documents were images taken from video surveillance inside Hernandez’s home. The photos appear to show Hernandez holding a gun in his basement around 3:30 a.m. on June 17, shortly after police say Lloyd was shot and killed nearby.
Attleboro District Court also released 104 pages of materials, including arrest warrants for Hernandez and an alleged accomplice in the murder, Ernest Wallace, who is being held without bail on weapons charges. Hernandez is also being held without bail.
According to affiliate WCVB, Wallace’s arrest warrant states: An individual whose identity is known to police indicated that Aaron Hernandez, Ernest Wallace and Odin Lloyd were outside the Nissan Altima when Odin Lloyd was killed. The individual stated that he was instructed by Ernest Wallace to take possession of a firearm that was inside AH's rented Nissan shortly after the homicide of Odin Lloyd.
The newly released documents included several warrants carried out by police in searches of Hernandez’s home. The warrants say police searched the area between the nearby crime scene and Hernandez’s home, but never recovered a .45 caliber firearm, the type of gun used to shoot and kill Lloyd. However, the documents showed that a .45 caliber shell casing found on the floor of the Nissan Altima Hernandez had rented does match those found near Lloyd’s body at the crime scene.
The arrest warrant also connects Hernandez’s purchase of bubble gum at a local convenience store to the gum found in the Nissan Altima that investigators think is tied to Lloyd’s murder. According to documents, the rental car company Enterprise told police that Hernandez returned a car at 5:30 p.m. on the day Lloyd was killed (which was around 3:00 a.m.).
Another interesting piece of the puzzle was revealed Thursday. Lloyd’s autopsy report showed that he was shot in the back. However, a newly released warrant says Lloyd was shot twice in the chest after he was already lying on the ground.