An associate of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez told police that Hernandez admitted to another associate, Ernest Wallace, that he fired the shots that killed Odin Lloyd, the Associated Press reported.
The latest damning evidence against Aaron Hernandez comes second hand (and one has to seriously consider the source of the information and his motives for giving police this information), but it's a potential bombshell. The AP cites documents filed in court by the Miramar, Fla., police department to justify a search of Wallace's home there.
The documents say Carlos Ortiz, who is being held by police in connection with Lloyd's killing on June 17 and has offered police tips to find other evidence against Hernandez, told police that Wallace said Hernandez admitted to shooting Lloyd. Wallace is also in custody. Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail.
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The Associated Press also reported that the documents said during the Lloyd Investigation, police found a vehicle in Bristol, Conn., that is wanted in connection with a July 2012 double homicide in Boston. Police have been looking into any involvement Hernandez might have had in that double murder.
The documents cited by the Associated Press also offer some additional details from the night Lloyd was killed, as told by Ortiz.
According to court reports Lloyd was picked up at his home by a Nissan Altima that was consistent with the car driven that night by Hernandez, Wallace and a third male who was not identified in the other search warrant documents that were released Tuesday. According to the AP report, Ortiz said he, Lloyd, Hernandez and Wallace drove to the industrial park where Lloyd was later found dead.
According to the AP, Ortiz told police that "Hernandez told Lloyd that Lloyd had been 'chilling' with people Hernandez had problems with." That goes along with a possible motive already mentioned by prosecutors in court. The AP reported that Ortiz told police the two men shook hands and "the problem seemed smoothed over." When the car stopped, everyone but Ortiz got out to urinate, the AP said he told police.
Ortiz told police he heard gunshots, Hernandez and Wallace got back into the car without Lloyd and the vehicle sped away.
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