Crazy news from Massachusetts, as former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL tight end charged with murder in the death last week of an acquaintance, is now being investigated in connection with a double slaying in Boston’s South End in July 2012, police told CNN.
Hernandez is accused in last week’s shooting death of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found in an industrial park area less than a mile from Hernandez’s home in N. Attleborough, MA. The New England Patriots fired Hernandez on Wednesday after his arrest.
Hernandez “drove the victim [Odin Lloyd] to the remote spot, and then he orchestrated his execution,” First Assistant District Attorney Bill McCauley said in court Wednesday, reported by CNN.
“He [Aaron Hernandez] orchestrated the crime from the beginning, he took steps to conceal and destroy evidence, and he took steps to prevent the police from speaking to … an important witness,” the prosecutor said, reported by CNN.
Now the Boston Police Department has located and impounded a silver SUV with Rhode Island registration that police have been trying to find for almost a year, that’s linked to the scene of a double homicide in 2012.
The twist is that Hernandez was renting the SUV at the time of those killings.
Hernandez is heading to court in Fall River, Massachusetts, Superior Court at 2 p.m. Thursday to appeal a judge’s decision to hold him without bail, the court magistrate said.
CNN reports another man arrested in connection with the killing of Odin Lloyd is also expected to appear before a judge.
Carlos Ortiz was arrested in Bristol, Connecticut, on Wednesday and will have an initial hearing in Attleboro, Massachusetts, District Court as early as Thursday, a source shared with CNN.
Lloyd, 27, was a semipro football player who worked for a landscape company. His sister, Olivia Thibou, shared with CNN last week that her brother was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. Lloyd and Hernandez were at a Boston nightclub together the night of June 14, she said.
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