New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, 23, has been arrested and charged with the murder of semi-pro football player, Odin Lloyd, 27, who was found shot to death in an industrial park near Hernandez’s mansion.
Aaron Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the charges of first-degree murder, but the evidence is quickly mounting against him. It started when Hernandez was out with Lloyd at the Rumor club in Boston. Lloyd was dating Hernandez’s fiancee’s sister and the two were considered to be friends.
Witnesses say they saw the men arguing in the club on June 14. According to Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Bill McCauley, Hernandez was upset with Lloyd for talking to people Hernandez had trouble with.
Two days later, on June 16, Hernandez’s phone records show he texted two friends from out of state asking them to meet him at his home. Security footage shows Hernandez getting into a rented car with the two other men and heading to gas station where he bought gas, a pack of cotton candy Bubblicious gum, and rolling papers.
At 2:32 a.m. Hernandez and the men arrived at Lloyd's house. After texting Lloyd to let him know they’d arrived, the three men headed back toward North Attleboro, MA. During the ride, Lloyd was able to text his sister saying, "Did you see who I was with?" and following it up with,"NFL”..."Just so you know". His final text was sent at 3:23 a.m.
Surveillance camera footage shows Hernandez’s car pull down a gravel road in an industrial park about a mile from his home. Those who work the overnight shift at the park claim they heard gunshots at about 3:25 a.m.
Security camera footage from Hernandez’s home shows his rental car returning without Lloyd. Additional footage from inside the home shows Hernandez and the two men walking around with guns.
A jogger found Lloyd’s body in the park at 5:30 p.m. the same day. Police found Lloyd’s body with five gunshot wounds.
Hernandez returned his rented car to the rental car agency, at the same time offering the attendant a piece of Bubblicious gum. While cleaning the car later, the attendant found another piece of chewed up gum under the driver’s seat and shell casing. When authorities went to go search Hernandez’s home they found out their was a cleaning crew there earlier in the day. Authorities also learned that Hernandez had destroyed six to eight hours of his security camera footage. When authorities asked for his cell phone, they received it from his lawyer, already smashed to pieces.
Hernandez is arraigned and charged with murder and five gun-related charges. Bail has been denied.