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After much pressure from news organizations to have search warrants related to the Aaron Hernandez case become available, a judge finally granted those requests and unsealed the records on Tuesday.
The documents, via Brian Ballou of The Boston Globe, revealed the intense scope of the Odin Lloyd murder investigation and perhaps some incriminating evidence against Hernandez. The documents outlined a timeline of all the events leading up to the Hernandez arrest on Wednesday June 19, starting with Hernnadez’s first encounters with authorities on Monday June 17 to items found from searches of Hernandez’s home and even team locker, all culminating with Hernandez facing a first-degree murder charge.
One of the more interesting details of the court documents was the initial interaction between Hernandez and officers on Monday June 17. According to the documents, police arrived at Hernandez’s home late Monday evening and spoke briefly with Hernandez outside his home. Hernandez then became “argumentative” with offices after they started to question him about his relationship to Lloyd, whose body was discovered near Hernandez’s home earlier that day.
Hernandez proceeded to hand officers a business card for his lawyer and instructed them to contact his lawyer for further comments. The documents also state when police informed Hernandez they were conducting a murder investigation, Hernandez did not show any visible concern and did not ask who the victim in the case was. He then “slammed the door” on officers and locked it behind him. Not long after, Hernandez seemed to have a change of heart and informed officers he would speak to them at the North Attleboro police station.
Hernandez was then driven to the police station by fiance, Shayanna Jenkins, who was stopped by police after dropping Hernandez off. The details of their interaction is interesting to say the least. Police first informed Jenkins of Lloyd’s death and Jenkins revealed to officers she knew Lloyd because he was dating her sister. She also said Lloyd was a marijuana user who also dealt the drug.
She then offered Hernandez’s cell phone number to authorities, at which time they called the number and noticed Hernandez picking up his phone at the station. His number corresponded to the last number dialed from Lloyd’s cell phone. She finally stopped speaking to officers after receiving a call from Hernandez advising her not to speak to police.
Phone records also reveal a series of text messages between Lloyd and Hernandez the night of the murder with the two making plans to meet up.
Things at the moment are looking extremely bleak for Hernandez. Carlos Ortiz, an alleged accomplice of Hernandez, claims Hernandez admitted to shooting Lloyd. Ortiz, who is being held on gun charges, claims the former tight end admitted to Ernest Wallace he was the one that shot. Wallace, one of the two men in the car with Hernandez on the night of the murder, is being held on accessory to murder charges. Prosecutors have yet to say who of the three men actually pulled the fatal trigger.
The “smoking” gun that killed Lloyd has yet to be found.