Aaron Hernandez criminal cases timeline
MAY 14, 2014 3:06p ET
Aaron Hernandez, formerly the star tight end for the New England Patriots, has been accused of three shootings that left three men dead and two others wounded – allegations laid out in criminal charges in two of the cases and in a civil lawsuit filed in federal court in the third.
Prosecutors in Boston allege that early the morning of July 16, 2012, Hernandez pulled up next to a car in South Boston and opened fire, killing immigrants Daniel de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28, and wounding another man.
Alexander Bradley, alleged to have been with Hernandez when de Abreu and Furtado were killed, alleged in a federal civil lawsuit that Hernandez shot him in the face in Florida and left him for dead early the morning of Feb. 13, 2013.
And Prosecutors in Fall River, Mass., allege that early the morning of June 16, 2013, that Hernandez summoned two associates, Carlos Ortiz, and Ernest Wallace Jr., from Bristol, Conn., to his home in North Attleboro, Mass. From there, the three of them allegedly drove to the Dorchester section of Boston and picked up Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semipro football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. The four of them allegedly then returned the approximately 40 miles to North Attleboro, where prosecutors have accused Hernandez of driving into a secluded field in an industrial park. There, shortly before 3:30 a.m. on June 17, prosecutors allege that Hernandez, Ortiz and Wallace were involved in the murder of Lloyd, who was shot multiple times.
Hernandez has been indicted by two separate grand juries on multiple charges: one count of murder and five weapons charges in Lloyd’s death; and two counts of murder, three counts of assault with intent to commit murder and a weapons charge in the killings of de Abreu and Furtado.
To date, six people in addition to Hernandez have been charged with crimes related to the incidents:
* Ortiz, originally charged with weapons possession, was later indicted as an accessory after the fact and then ultimately with murder in Lloyd’s killing.
* Wallace, originally indicted as an accessory after the fact, was later indicted on a murder charge in Lloyd’s death.
* Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s fiancée, has been indicted on a perjury charge, alleging that she lied to a grand jury.
* Tanya Singleton, a cousin of Hernandez’s, was indicted on charges of contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury and conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact to murder for allegedly helping Wallace flee to Florida in Lloyd’s killing; and with contempt for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the murders of de Abreu and Furtado.
* Bradley, was arrested on charges of failing to answer a subpoena to testify before a grand jury and was forced to appear before the grand jury.
*Oscar Hernandez, no relation to the former Patriot, was charged in federal court with obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying under oath in a case in which he is alleged to have been involved in the transportation of three guns from Florida to Massachusetts that have been linked to Aaron Hernandez.
The following timeline of events in the in the murder of Lloyd and the subsequent arrest of Hernandez is laid out by detectives and prosecutors in search and arrest warrant affidavits and other court and police records on file in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida. In all cases, the movements of Hernandez and people close to him are alleged by investigators and prosecutors based on cell phone records, surveillance camera images, interviews with witnesses and observations made by law officers, all of which are documents in police reports or court documents examined by FOX Sports. Exact or approximate times that are included were drawn from those public records. In instances where an event is based solely on a media report, that is noted.
In addition, information was drawn from other publicly available records, including the University of Florida Media Guide and the New England Patriots Media Guide.
Nov. 6, 1989
Aaron Hernandez is born in Bristol, Conn., the son of Dennis and Terri Hernandez.
Jan. 6, 2006
Dennis Hernandez dies after hernia surgery.
After a stellar senior season as a tight end at Bristol Central High School, Hernandez is named the Gatorade Connecticut player of the year. He graduates early and enrolls at the University of Florida. Before playing a down, he is involved in an altercation at a bar in which he is accused of punching a manager in the head, bursting his eardrum. No charges are filed, the Wall Street Journal later reports. Hernandez starts three games at tight end for the Gators, and plays in 10 others.
Sept. 30, 2007
Hernandez is one of three Florida players questioned by police after an early morning shooting. The case is never solved, and Hernandez declines to answer questions from reporters, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Jan. 8, 2009
Florida wins its second BCS National Championship in three years; Hernandez has 5 catches for 57 yards in the 24-14 win over Oklahoma.
As a junior, Hernandez grabs 68 catches for 850 yards and 5 touchdowns, and he wins the John Mackey Award as the nation’s best college tight end as well as All American honors. He later declares for the National Football League draft.
April 24, 2010
The New England Patriots draft Hernandez in the fourth round. At least one team moved him down its draft board over concerns about his off-the-field behavior, ESPN reports. He catches 45 passes for 563 yards and 6 touchdowns as a rookie, wearing No. 85
Hernandez switches to his college number, 81, for his second season, and records 79 catches for 910 yards and 7 touchdowns. He is named to the Pro Bowl, but the Patriots season ends in disappointment with a 21-17 defeat in the Super Bowl at the hands of the New York Giants.
July 16, 2012
12:04 a.m.: Hernandez pulls into a parking garage on Tremont Street in south Boston. He is driving a silver 1996 Toyota 4Runner with Rhode Island license plates.
12:30 a.m.: Hernandez and a man later identified as Alexander Bradley enter Cure Lounge in south Boston just behind a group of five men, including Safiro Furtado, 28, and Daniel de Abreu, 29. Inside the club, Hernandez and Bradley head to the lower level, where there are no security cameras. Hernandez downs two quick drinks before the pair leaves a short time later.
1:17 a.m.: Hernandez drives out of the parking garage with Bradley in the front passenger seat.
2:10 a.m.: Furtado, de Abreu and three friends leave Cure Lounge.
2:17 a.m.: As Furtado, de Abreu and their friends walk toward a parking garage, a silver Toyota 4Runner believed to be the one driven by Hernandez moves slowly down the street next to the men, then turns a corner and disappears.
2:20 a.m.: The 4Runner drives by again slowly as two of the men are waiting on the sidewalk while the others go into the garage and get the their car.
2:32 a.m.: Someone pulls up next to the vehicle de Abreu is driving a few blocks from the nightclub and opens fire. Another passenger in the car is wounded, and two others escape unharmed. Witnesses describe a silver SUV with Rhode Island license plates.
Aug. 27, 2012
Hernandez signs a five-year, $40 million contract extension with the Patriots that includes a $12.5 million signing bonus – the largest ever given to an NFL tight end. He will be hampered by injuries and finish the season with 51 catches for 483 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Nov. 6, 2012
Hernandez turns 23, and he is present as his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, gives birth to their daughter. Hernandez tells the Boston Globe: “It definitely changed my life and I’m going to look at things differently. I’m engaged now, I have a baby, and it’s just going to make me think of life a lot differently and doing things the right way. I can’t just be ‘young and reckless Aaron’ no more.”
Nov. 15, 2012
Hernandez, through an Ohio company, purchases a 7,100 square foot home for $1.3 million in North Attleboro, Mass., about 9 miles from the Patriots stadium and team facilities in Foxboro. He, Shayanna Jenkins and their daughter move in.
Jan. 28, 2013
2:20 a.m.: A Massachusetts state trooper stops a black sport utility vehicle after clocking it going 105 mph and moving erratically on Interstate 93 south of Boston. The driver, identified as Alexander Bradley of Bristol, Conn., is arrested on drunken driving and other charges. Hernandez, who rented the vehicle, is sitting in the front passenger seat and at one point yells to a patrolman, “Trooper, I’m Aaron Hernandez, it’s OK.”
Feb. 13, 2013
6:48 a.m.: Two men working at a John Deere store in Palm Beach County, Fla., hear a gunshot and go outside to investigate; a short time later they find Bradley, wounded and on the ground. Abrknow,” he replies.
May 18, 2013
2:26 a.m.: Police in Providence, R.I., intervene to disperse a large crowd after a man who identifies himself as a Jets fan taunts Hernandez outside a nightclub. A police officer witnesses a man toss a .22-caliber pistol underneath a car during the disturbance and flee. Police will later conclude that the man who ditched the gun is an associate of Hernandez’s, Ernest Wallace Jr., 41, who is known as “Fish” and “Hobo.”
June 13, 2013
Bradley files a civil suit in federal court in Florida, alleging that he had been with Hernandez at a night club early the morning of Feb. 13, that they had gotten into an argument, and that the player shot him, wounding him in the arm and face, while they were in a vehicle together. Bradley loses an eye as a result of the injury. Bradley would voluntarily dismiss the suit four days later because of a typographical error.
June 14, 2013
Unknown time (evening): Hernandez and a friend, Odin Lloyd, are observed entering Rumor nightclub in Boston. A witness sees what he believes to be a handgun in Hernandez’s waistband. Lloyd, 27, is a semipro football player with ties to Hernandez – his girlfriend, Shaneah Jenkins, and Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, are sisters.
June 15, 2013
Unknown time (morning): Shayanna Jenkins calls her sister, Shaneah Jenkins, and tells her that Hernandez and Lloyd were together in Boston the night before and that Hernandez has not returned home and is not responding to her calls.
Unknown time (morning): Shaneah Jenkins calls Lloyd; he tells her that he and Hernandez had gone out the night before, gotten drunk, and slept outside.
10:30 a.m. (approximate): Lloyd is at Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro; the two of them discuss returning a black Chevrolet Suburban that Hernandez rented and that Lloyd has been driving.
June 16, 2013
10:36 a.m.: A message is posted to Hernandez’ twitter page: “happy father’s day to all the great dads out there.”
Unknown Time: Hernandez and Shayanna Jenkins go out to dinner to celebrate Father’s Day.
9:02 p.m.: A text is sent from Hernandez’s phone to the phone of his associate, Wallace, who is is in Bristol, Conn., about two hours away. It reads: “please make it back cuZ I’m Def trying to step for alittle.”
9:05 p.m. (approximate): A text is sent from Hernandez’s phone to Lloyd: “I’m coming to grab that tonight u gon b around I need dat and we could step for a little again.”
9:34 p.m. (approximate): A text is sent from Hernandez’s phone to Lloyd: “Whaddup.”
9:35 p.m.: A text is sent from Hernandez’s phone to Wallace’s phone: “Get ur as up here.”
9:37 p.m.: Lloyd sends a text to Hernandez’s phone: “Aite, where.”
9:39 p.m.: A text is sent from Hernandez’s phone to Lloyd: “idk it don’t matter but imma hit u when I’m dat way like Las time if my phone dies imma hit u when I charge it which will be in a lil”
10 p.m.: Lloyd sends a text to Hernandez’s phone: “Aite idk anything going on”
10:13 p.m.: A text is sent from Hernandez’s phone to Lloyd: “I’ll figure it out ill hit u on way”
10:21 p.m.: A text is sent from another Hernandez associate, Ortiz, to Hernandez. Ortiz is with Wallace in Bristol. The text reads: “On r way a...God Bless.”
10:23 p.m.: A text is sent from Hernandez’s phone to Wallace’s phone: “Hurry ur as up nigga.”
Unknown time: A text is sent from Hernandez’ phone to Ortiz’s phone: “Bet hurry up tell fish to drive nigga.”
June 17, 2013
Unknown time (shortly after midnight): Wallace and Ortiz arrive at Hernandez’s home; Hernandez and Shayanna Jenkins are not home – a babysitter lets them into the house.
12:22 a.m.: Lloyd sends a text to Hernandez’s phone: “We still on”
12:40 a.m.: Hernandez arrives in the driveway at his home in a white Audi SUV. He is with Shayanna Jenkins, and meets Wallace and Ortiz. The four of them walk into the home.
Unknown time (just after 12:40 a.m.): Hernandez moves through the living room of his home, passing what appears to be a handgun back and forth between his hands. Ortiz later tells investigators that he sees Hernandez “walk down into the basement carrying a large handgun” and that “he had a conversation with Mr. Hernandez and that Mr. Hernandez appeared to be upset and made a statement about not being able to trust anyone.”
1 a.m. (approximate): Hernandez, Wallace and Ortiz leave Hernandez’s home. Hernandez is wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and light shoes. Ortiz is wearing a short-sleeve light-colored shirt, dark pants, and dark sneakers. Wallace is wearing a blue and white long-sleeved shirt and dark pants. He appears to be carrying a light-colored plastic bag in his right hand. All three walk down the driveway toward the street and out of the view of a surveillance camera.
Unknown time (shortly after 1 a.m.): A silver four-door Nissan Altima reverses up the driveway and parks near the garage. Wallace gets out of the front passenger seat and walks to the rear of the vehicle while “apparently manipulating an object in his hands” He opens the trunk and appears to move something inside the trunk, then appears to hand something to Hernandez. The three men leave the car and walk into the garage.
1:12 a.m.: The three men walk out of the garage and get into the Nissan Altima. Wallace takes the wheel, Hernandez climbs into the front passenger seat, and Ortiz gets into the back seat on the driver’s side. The vehicle heads down the driveway. The driver’s side mirror is intact. The car heads out of North Attleboro and south on Interstate 95 toward Pawtucket, R.I., before reversing course and heading north on I-95 toward Boston.
1:22 a.m.: The first of five calls is placed from Wallace’s phone to Lloyd.
Unknown time (just after 2 a.m.): The silver Nissan stops at a filling station in Canton, located between North Attleboro and Boston. Hernandez is driving; Wallace is in the front passenger seat; and Ortiz is in the back seat with what appears to be a light-colored towel draped around his neck. The drive from Hernandez’s home to the filling station should have taken about 25 minutes, but about 50 minutes have passed since the Nissan left Hernandez’s home.
1:52 a.m.: A call is placed from Wallace’s phone to Lloyd’s phone.
2:09 a.m.: Hernandez uses a credit card to pay for about 18 gallons of gas, a cigar, and cotton candy flavored Bubble Yum bubble gum, and the men leave. Hernandez drives, Wallace is in the right front seat and Ortiz is in the back seat.
Unknown Time: Lloyd’s sister, Shaquilla Thibou, is outside the home they share in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, talking to her boyfriend.
2:24 a.m.: A call is placed from Wallace’s phone to Lloyd’s phone.
2:25 a.m.: A call is placed from Wallace’s phone to Lloyd’s phone.
2:32 a.m.: The last of five calls is placed from Wallace’s phone to Lloyd.
2:33 a.m.: The silver Nissan Altima arrives at Lloyd’s home. Lloyd gets into the rear passenger door. The driver’s side mirror is intact. Thibou later tells detectives that she sees Lloyd get into the rear passenger door of the car and that she believes there are three other men in the vehicle.
Unknown time: Ortiz hears Hernandez confront Lloyd about the fact he was “chilling” with people the player had problems with, but he believes the two men smooth over the tension and sees them shake hands.
2:52 a.m.: The Nissan runs through a toll booth without stopping to pay on I-90 near the interchange with I-95 west of Boston.
Unknown time: A call is placed from Hernandez’s phone to Wallace’s phone.
3:07 a.m.: Lloyd sends a text to Thibou: “U saw who I’m with.” Around the same time, Thibou, whose phone has died, enters her home and plugs the phone into a charger.
3:11 a.m.: Lloyd sends a text to Thibou: “Hello”
3:19 a.m.: Thibou sends a text to Lloyd: “My phone was dead who was that?”
3:20 a.m.: The silver Nissan Altima turns onto John L. Dietsch Boulevard, traveling north.
3:22 a.m.: Lloyd sends a text to Thibou: “Nfl.” Thibou interprets that as short for National Football League and that Lloyd is referring to Hernandez.
3:22 a.m.: Thibou sends a text to Lloyd: “Lol your aggy.”
3:23 a.m.: Lloyd sends a text to Thibou: “Just so u know.”
3:23 a.m.: The silver Nissan Altima enters a secluded area at 344 John L. Dietsch Blvd. in North Attleboro. The area is surrounded by woods and mounds of dirt, gravel and asphalt.
Sometime between 3 and 3:30 a.m.: An employee of a nearby business, sitting in his truck while on break, hears what he describes as three gunshots and a car door slamming.
3:27 a.m.: The Nissan Altima leaves the secluded gravel area.
3:28 a.m.: The Nissan Altima heads north toward Landry Ave.
3:29 a.m.: The Nissan Altima turns left from John L. Dietsch Boulevard onto Landry Avenue, headed toward Hernandez’s home.
3:30 a.m. (approximate): The Nissan Altima arrives at Hernandez’s home. The driver’s side mirror is damaged, and part of it is missing. Hernandez is driving, Wallace is in the front passenger seat, and Ortiz is in the rear driver’s-side seat. Wallace and Hernandez tell Ortiz to grab a small handgun from under the driver’s seat. Ortiz later tells police it is a “deuce-deuce” – a .22-caliber weapon. The three men enter the garage and then Hernandez’s home.
3:33 a.m.: Hernandez is observed at the entrance to the basement holding what is believed to be a gun.
3:40 a.m.: The recording on Hernandez’s home security system stops.
Unknown time: Ortiz sees Hernandez put two guns in a black box in the basement.
4:52 p.m.: Hernandez, Wallace and Ortiz emerge from Hernandez’s home.
4:54 p.m.: Hernandez, Wallace and Ortiz drive away in the silver Nissan Altima.
5 p.m. (approximate): Hernandez stops at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in North Attleboro to return a rented silver Nissan Altima with Massachusetts plates. Hernandez tells an Enterprise employee that the driver’s side mirror is broken off and there is damage to the door. Hernandez apologizes, saying he does not know how the damage occurred. He claims he simply came out in the morning and it was damaged. Hernandez rents a new car, a grey Chrysler 300C.
5:12 p.m.: Hernandez, Wallace and Ortiz arrive at Hernandez’s home in a gray Chrysler 300C.
5:15 p.m.: Wallace and Ortiz drive away from Hernandez’s home in the gray Chrysler 300C.
5:37 p.m.: A jogger calls 911 after finding a body in an industrial park at 344 John L. Dietsch Blvd. in North Attleboro, Mass. Responding officers conclude the man has been shot several times, and they find five .45-caliber shell casings, a white towel, two sets of keys to a black Chevrolet Suburban with Rhode Island plates, $64.75 in cash and change, a cellular phone and a drivers license identifying the man as Odin L. Lloyd of Boston. Technicians later conclude the five shell casings were all fired from the same .45-caliber weapon.
Unknown time: Detectives contact Enterprise Rent-A-Car at T.F. Green Airport outside Providence, R.I., and learn that the black Chevrolet Suburban was rented to Hernandez.
Unknown time: Detectives run a computer check on Hernandez’s drivers license and discover that his home is about 1.2 miles from the murder scene by road, about half a mile in a straight line.
Unknown time: Detectives drive to Hernandez’s home at 22 Ronald C. Meyer Drive in North Attleboro. They find numerous lights and a television on, but no one answers after officers ring the doorbell.
Unknown time: Wallace drops Ortiz off at an apartment rented by Hernandez in Franklin, a town about 12 miles from North Attleboro. He returns later to pick up Ortiz, who inadvertently leaves his cell phone behind, and the two men set out for Bristol.
10:30 p.m. (approximate): Hernandez leaves his home and approaches officers outside. He tells them he saw from his surveillance system that they are outside. After officers ask about the Black Suburban, he tells them he rented it for his friend, “O.” Asked who “O” is, he replies, “Odin.” At one point, Hernandez allegedly becomes argumentative, saying “what’s with all the questions?” He enters his home, locking the door behind him, then returns with a business card for his attorney. When the officers tell him they are investigating a death, “Aaron Hernandez did not ask the officers whose death was being investigated, nor did he display any outward signs of concern.”
10:40 p.m. (approximate): Hernandez emerges from his home and tells officers he will follow them to the police station to answer questions. Shayanna Jenkins drives him. Hernandez waits for his attorney in an interview room.
Unknown time: Wallace drops Ortiz off at the Bristol, Conn., home of Hernandez’s cousin, Tanya Singleton. Ortiz tells her about Lloyd’s murder.
Unknown time: Shayanna Jenkins drives away from the police station after dropping off Hernandez. A police officer stops her and tells her Lloyd is dead; “she immediately began to cry.” Officers escort her back to the police station and they talk in the parking lot. She tells officers that Lloyd dates her sister, Shaneah Jenkins. She says she does not know him well, that she knows he smokes marijuana and has observed him on his phone talking in “lingo” about, she believes, selling marijuana. She also tells the officers that she and Hernandez recently installed a home security camera system because of several attempted break-ins; and that she went to bed early the night before but that Hernandez left their house at some point, although she says she is not sure who he was with or when he returned. As she is talking with officers, Hernandez calls her and tells her that his agent said she should not speak with police and should request an attorney. Detectives later note that after talking with more than two dozen witnesses, Shayanna Jenkins is the only one who describes Lloyd as a “large-scale drug dealer.”
Unknown time: As Hernandez sits in an interview room at the North Attleboro Police Department, a detective calls his cell phone number, which had been supplied by Shayanna Jenkins. Investigators “observed the phone of Aaron Hernandez ringing when they dialed the number.”
Unknown time: Investigators arrive at Lloyd’s home in Boston. They see the black Suburban parked behind a fence.
June 18, 2013
12:30 a.m. (approximate): Hernandez’s attorneys arrive at the North Attleboro Police Department, meeting with a prosecutor and detective supervisors. Hernandez signs a form allowing police to search the rented Chevrolet Suburban, and his attorneys agree “that the cellular telephone in the possession of Aaron Hernandez would be maintained without alteration until either Aaron Hernandez consented to provide his cellular telephone to the police or a search warrant was issued for the cellular telephone.
Unknown time: Detectives make several phone calls to Wallace’s phone, but no one answers.
1:05 a.m.: Detectives tell Lloyd’s girlfriend, Shaneah Jenkins, that he is dead. She becomes emotional, telling the officer they have been dating for over a year. She also says that Lloyd’s only connection to North Attleboro is Hernandez and her sister, Shayanna Jenkins.
7:12 a.m.: A message is posted on Hernandez’s Twitter account: “good morning.”
7:45 a.m.: A manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in North Attleboro cleans the now-returned silver Nissan Altima. She finds several things in the car which she throws into a dumpster: A Vitamin Water bottle; a colorful piece of paper with a child’s drawing on it; a piece of “chewed” blue bubble gum; and a “bullet.”
10 a.m. (approximate): Detectives visit Enterprise Rent-A-Car in North Attleboro, speaking with a different manager and observing the Nissan, noting that the driver’s side mirror is broken off and there are scratches on the door and damage to the window and a chrome strip. Detectives also observe soil, “similar in color and appearance to that at the location where Mr. Lloyd was found, on the tires and lower panels of the vehicle behind the tires.”
Unknown time: House cleaners work at Hernandez’s home.
12:14 p.m.: A text message is sent from Hernandez’s cell phone to Shayanna Jenkins’ cell phone: “Go in back of the screen in movie room when u get home an there is the box avielle likes to play with in the tub jus in case u were looking for it!!!! Member how u ruined that big tv lmao WAS JUST THINKIN bout that lol wink wink love u TTYL ..... K”. A message is sent back from Shayanna Jenkins’ phone to Hernandez’s: “Ok-that was awful...Perfect tv,...Love u.”
Unknown time (afternoon): Shaneah Jenkins is at Hernandez’s home when she sees her sister, Shayanna Jenkins, go into the basement with an empty trash bag, then return without it. A short time later, Shayanna Jenkins asks to borrow her sister’s red Nissan Sentra to go to the bank. Later, Shaneah Jenkins is told by an uncle of hers that Hernandez called Shayanna Jenkins, that she handed the phone to him and others, and that Hernandez wanted “weapons taken out of the house.” The uncle would also tell Shaneah Jenkins that the weapons were ditched in “the woods.”
1:16 p.m. (approximate): Shayanna Jenkins exits the home through a backyard patio door, carrying a dark colored trash bag. Inside the bag is an object that is rigid and “consistent to a lock box or safe.”
1:24 p.m. (approximate): After going back into the house and leaving again, Shayanna Jenkins exits the garage and places the trash bag and clothing into Shaneah Jenkins’ red Nissan Sentra, then drives away.
2 p.m. (approximate): Shayanna Jenkins returns home and unloads items from the trunk of the vehicle. The trash bag and the rigid object that had been in it are not in the car.
7:01 p.m.: After obtaining a warrant, detectives begin a search of Hernandez’s home. They confiscate two cell phones, three iPads, a digital video recorder and a computer hard drive that is part of the home’s security system. From them, they later extract digital images from the 14 security cameras mounted inside and outside the home.
10 p.m.: After obtaining a warrant, detectives search Hernandez’s cell phone. They recover images of the phone, and two lists of contacts.
June 19, 2013
Bradley, the man shot in the face in Florida, re-files his federal lawsuit against Hernandez, asserting that the player’s “actions in having the gun discharge while aimed at the plaintiff were deliberate and with the intent by defendant to cause harm to plaintiff.”
Unknown time: Investigators search the woods along the route Shayanna Jenkins may have taken the previous day. They find a .22-caliber handgun that “was located on top of the ground cover and was a short distance from the roadway.” Investigators believe the gun had been recently discarded.
Unknown time: A forensic pathologist conducts an autopsy on Lloyd’s body, concluding that he was shot five times – once in the back, once in the abdomen, once in the right forearm, and twice in the chest. Both of those wounds were “through-and-through” – meaning the bullets passed completely through his body. The doctor concludes that the two chest wounds were inflicted as Lloyd lay on his back on the ground. Detectives later return to the spot where his body was found and dig in the dirt, uncovering two bullets.
8 p.m.: Investigators execute a search warrant on the silver Nissan Altima owned by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, collecting several pieces of potential evidence: Photographs; fingerprints; swabbings; gunshot residue tests and tire impressions. The fingerprints were later matched to Lloyd, Wallace and Ortiz.
June 20, 2013
Unknown time: Investigators speak with the man who installed the home video surveillance system at Hernandez’s house. He tells them that the surveillance system records from all cameras simultaneously and that he had showed Hernandez how to disconnect specific cameras “at locations within his home where and when he wanted to avoid surveillance recordings.”
Unknown time (evening): A manager at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car agency in North Attleboro calls police, telling them that she had cleaned the car out after Hernandez returned it and had thrown several items she found in the car into a dumpster: A Vitamin Water bottle, a piece of paper with a colorful child’s drawing, a piece of “chewed” blue bubble gum, and a “bullet.” Officers immediately drive to Enterprise and search the dumpster. They discover a Vitamin Water bottle, a child’s drawing, a piece of chewed piece of gum and a .45-caliber shell casing. The manager confirms that they were the things she had cleaned out of the car two days earlier. The shell casing is later determined to match the five shell casings found at the murder scene and was fired by the same gun.
June 21, 2013
4:55 p.m.: Massachusetts state troopers respond to a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 in the western part of the state. The driver of one of the cars, Jailene Diaz-Ramos, is hospitalized. When state troopers look through her car, they find an unlocked black briefcase inside the trunk with a .38-caliber handgun inside it as well as three loose rounds of ammunition and a lockbox. When troopers question Diaz-Ramos about the gun, she tells them that “a few days ago she gave a ride to a friend named ‘Chicago’ and his buddies. She stated that they are football players and they put all their belongings in the trunk. She stated that she dropped them off at work and they left their belongings in the vehicle ...” In addition, “she was uncooperative and attempting to make contact with ‘Chicago.’ ” The lockbox was confiscated as well. The man who goes by “Chicago” is later identified as John Alcorn, an associate of the husband of Hernandez’s cousin, Tanya Singleton.
June 22, 2013
1:45 p.m.: After obtaining a warrant, detectives search Hernandez’s home, recovering numerous items: four pairs of sneakers; two pairs of blue jeans; a white long-sleeve pullover hooded shirt; a brown bed skirt; a cutting from the underside of a mattress; a gunshot residue test kit from the mattress; a white bath towel; a Sentry safe, containing one box of .22-caliber ammunition; a scale and a dish that were in the safe; one bottle of acai-blueberry-pomegranate Vitamin Water and a boarding receipt for Ernest Wallace. Inside a Toyota sedan parked in the garage, investigators found a white plastic bag containing gray jeans and gray socks; and a black duffel bag that contained a 7.62 x 39mm semi-automatic rifle, a fully loaded 33-round magazine, ammunition, a wristwatch, a black Puma jacket, a pair of Puma track pants and a black T-shirt.
4:27 p.m.: A man calls authorities in North Attleboro and tells a police dispatcher he wants to provide information about the 2012 murders of de Abreu and Furtado in Boston. The man gives the dispatcher details of the crime and says it is related to Lloyd’s killing. Asked if the same person was involved in both, the man says yes. When he is asked how he knows this, he says, “Someone accidentally spilled the beans in front of me.”
June 24, 2013
Unknown time: Wallace boards a Greyhound bus in Macon, Ga., bound for Miami. The ticket had been purchased using a credit card issued in an alias of Hernandez’s cousin, Tanya Singleton.
June 25, 2013
Wallace arrives in Miami. Ortiz arrives for a meeting with his probation officer in Bristol, Conn. He had been convicted the previous month of larceny, and now he is facing a probation violation for a drug test that found alcohol, cocaine, PCP and THC in his system. Detectives from Massachusetts are waiting; Ortiz, after being read his rights, agrees to talk. He details being summoned to North Attleboro with Wallace the night of June 16, picking up Lloyd in Boston early the following morning, and riding the approximately 40 miles back to North Attleboro. Along the way, he tells detectives he heard Hernandez complain to Lloyd that he’d been “chilling” with people the football star had problems with, but that the two men seemed to smooth things over and even shook hands. He also claims he fell asleep during the drive, awakening when the car pulled into the secluded area, and that while the others got out of the vehicle he did not. At that point, he said, he heard gunshots, Hernandez and Wallace got back in the car, and the three of them fled to the football star’s home. He tells investigators that later Wallace told him that “Hernandez admitted to shooting Mr. Lloyd.” Ortiz also tells investigators that Hernandez has a “flop house” – an apartment in nearby Franklin, and that he was there the day after the murder and inadvertently left his cell phone there.
June 26, 2013
8 a.m.: A judge signs an arrest warrant for Hernandez. Detectives drive to his home and take him into custody without incident. The Patriots cut him hours later.
1:30 p.m. (approximate): Investigators search an apartment rented by Hernandez in nearby Franklin. They recover four boxes of .45-caliber ammunition, one box of .22-caliber ammunition, and five boxes 7.62 x 39mm ammunition. In addition, they located and confiscated Ortiz’s cell phone. They also found keys to a Hummer H2 in the apartment and search the vehicle, which is parked outside. They located a loaded Glock .45-caliber magazine in the center console. A judge terminates the case against Ortiz and he is arrested on a charge of weapons possession by a previous offender. The charge is based on his statement that he picked up a .22-caliber handgun the morning of Lloyd’s murder and carried it into Hernandez’s house. Wallace is observed swimming in a pool in the backyard of his mother’s home in Miramar, Fla.
Unknown time: Investigators searching a home in Bristol, Conn., owned by Hernandez's uncle find a silver Toyota 4Runner with Rhode Island license plates parked in the garage, covered with dust and cobwebs. The car had been loaned to Hernandez in exchange for some promotional work he had done for a Providence auto dealer. Investigators seize the car as possible evidence in the 2012 murders of de Abreu and Furtado.
June 27, 2013
Investigators obtain an arrest warrant for Wallace on a charge of accessory after the fact.
Unknown time (evening): The gray Chrysler 300C rented by Hernandez on June 17 is discovered at an apartment complex in Bristol.
June 28, 2013
Wallace walks into the Miramar police station and turns himself in to face a charge of being an accessory after the fact to Lloyd’s killing. Police note that he is not in possession of either the clothes he had been wearing on June 17 nor his cell phone.
5:23 p.m.: Investigators obtain the contents of Aaron Hernandez’s New England Patriots locker, which had been placed in a locked container after the team cut him. They don’t confiscate anything.
June 30, 2013
Thaddeus Singleton III, the husband of Hernandez’s cousin, Tanya Singleton, and a man investigators want to question, is killed in a high-speed car crash. Singleton also had ties to John Alcorn, the man known as “Chicago.”
2 p.m.: Investigators search the Chrysler 300C that Hernandez rented on June 17. They recover a CD; a cigar; a rental-car agreement; a cutting of the leather from the seat pocket on the back of the front passenger seat; all four interior door handles; the rear passenger side seat belt buckle; fingerprints; and photographs of the vehicle.
July 1, 2013
The Bristol County District Attorney’s office releases photographs of the damaged Nissan Altima and appeal for the public’s help in locating its missing mirror.
July 5, 2013
2:20 p.m.: Investigators conduct another search at Hernandez’s home and confiscate evidence, but it is not clear what is taken (portions of the search warrant and accompanying affidavit were redacted).
July 8, 2013
9 a.m.: Investigators conduct another search of Aaron Hernandez’s home, obtaining fingerprints and photographs.
July 10, 2013
2:50 p.m.: Investigators conduct a follow-up search of the Hummer, looking for a “secret” hiding place or natural void in the vehicle where a gun or ammunition could be located. They find nothing.
July 24, 2013
Investigators approach Tanya Singleton, Hernandez’s cousin, outside court and serve her with a search warrant. They confiscate her cell phone, three credit cards and a gift card.
July 26, 2013
Investigators search a 10-foot by 10-foot storage unit in Bristol, Conn. The unit had been rented by Shayanna Jenkins, but it was paid for with Hernandez’s credit card. They confiscate only records.
July 29, 2013
Investigators begin what ultimately will be seven days of searching a lake in Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol after receiving a tip that evidence in Lloyd’s killing can be found there, the Boston Globe reports.
Aug. 1, 2013
Prosecutors offer Tanya Singleton immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying before a grand jury investigating Lloyd’s death. She refuses to testify and is arrested.
Aug, 22, 2013
A grand jury indicts Hernandez on a count of murder and on five weapons charges. The murder charge and one of the weapons counts are based on the killing of Lloyd; the other four weapons charges are the result of the rifle, magazine and ammunition found during a search of Hernandez’s house on June 22.
The grand jury also indicts Wallace on a charge of being an accessory after the fact to murder and indicts Singleton on a charge of contempt of court accusing her of refusing to testify before a grand jury.
Sept. 10, 2013
A judge in Hartford, Conn., orders John Alcorn, who goes by the street name “Chicago,” and Alexander Bradley to testify before a grand jury investigating the 2012 double murder in Boston. Prosecutors were interested in hearing testimony from Alcorn about the .38-caliber handgun recovered after the June 21 crash in western Massachusetts and from Bradley about his allegation that Hernandez shot him in the face in Florida as well as details of the night that de Abreu and Furtado were killed.
Sept. 12, 2013
Alcorn appears before a grand jury in Suffolk County that is investigating the unsolved 2012 double murder in south Boston.
Sept. 13, 2013
Singleton appears before a Suffolk County grand jury investigating the murders of de Abreu and Furtado. Although she is granted immunity from prosecution, she refuses to testify.
Sept. 26, 2013
A prosecutor, speaking at a bail hearing for Wallace, acknowledges that Ortiz has changed a key detail in the story he has told investigations. Initially, Ortiz had told investigators that Hernandez, Wallace and Lloyd all got out of the Nissan, that he heard gunshots, and that only Hernandez and Wallace got back in the vehicle. More recently, Ortiz has said that he no longer believes that Wallace got out of the car at the murder scene.
Oct. 4, 2013
Hartford, Conn., police and U.S. Marshals nab Bradley at an apartment where he had been holed up. A judge orders him to testify before a grand jury investigating the 2012 double-murder in south Boston.
Oct. 8, 2013
Bradley is transported to Boston, where he appears before a grand jury to answer questions about the 2012 double murder in south Boston.
Oct. 15, 2013
Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, is arraigned on a perjury charge alleging that she lied repeatedly in testimony given under oath. Specifically, prosecutors allege that she admitted to a grand jury that she removed a box from their home the day after Lloyd was killed — a box that prosecutors believe contained the weapon used to kill Lloyd — and tossed it into a dumpster. But although she admitted that Hernandez had instructed her to get rid of the box, she declined repeatedly to tell grand jurors exactly where she took it when questioned about the location of the dumpster.
Oct. 27, 2013
Massachusetts state police officers approach Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey at Gillette Stadium after a game against the Patriots and serve him with a subpoena to testify before a grand jury investigating Hernandez. Pouncey and Hernandez were college teammates at the University of Florida.
Dec. 3, 2013
Prosecutors allege that Hernandez’s fiancée, Jenkins, lied to a grand jury at least 29 times. The lies allegedly told by Jenkins included her claim that she could not remember multiple conversations with Hernandez or details of the day prosecutors have suggested that she spirited a weapon used to kill Lloyd out of the home the two of them shared in North Attleboro, Mass.
Dec. 11, 2013
Pouncey is excused from practice to travel to Massachusetts and testify before a grand jury investigating Hernandez.
Dec. 16, 2013
Lloyd’s family files a wrongful death suit against Hernandez, seeking unspecified damages.
Dec. 23, 2013
Hernandez’s attorneys renew their request for a strongly worded gag order, accusing prosecutors of leaking the Pouncey subpoena to reporters as part of an effort to orchestrate a “publicity stunt.” Prosecutors deny the allegation, but Judge E. Susan Garsh indicates she will issue guidelines for managing pre-trial publicity.
Jan. 15, 2014
A judge in Bristol, Conn., unseals a warrant that shows investigators believe Hernandez "may have been the shooter" in the 2012 double-murder in Boston. The warrant also shows that investigators believe the Toyota 4Runner confiscated from his uncle's home may have contained shell casings and other evidence from that killing.
Feb. 25, 2014
Hernandez is involved in a physical altercation with another inmate at the Bristol County House of Correction, where he has been held without bail since his arrest. No charges are immediately filed, but an investigation is launched.
Feb. 26, 2014
The families of de Abreu and Furtado, the two men killed in the July 16, 2012, shooting in south Boston, file twin $6 million wrongful death lawsuits against Hernandez.
March 6, 2014
Authorities file an assault charge against Hernandez, an allegation stemming from his jailhouse fight with another inmate nine days earlier.
April 11, 2014
A grand jury indicts Wallace and Ortiz, the two men allegedly with Hernandez the night Lloyd was killed, in murder charges. Under Massachusetts law, a person does not have to be the actual killer to be charged with murder. Instead, a legal doctrine known as "joint venture" makes associates who are involved in a killing susceptible to the same charge as the person who carried out the killing.
April 16, 2014
A federal grand jury indicts a Florida man, Oscar Hernandez Jr., on multiple charges in a gun-trafficking investigation that is tangentially linked to the investigation of Lloyd’s murder. Oscar Hernandez, no relation to Aaron Hernandez, allegedly lied to a grand jury, sought to mislead investigators and pressured another witness. The case involves three guns purchased in Florida that federal investigators believe ended up in Aaron Hernandez’s possession – two .22-caliber pistols and a high-powered semiautomatic rifle. None of them is the weapon used to kill Lloyd. One of the pistols was ditched along a street outside a Providence, R.I., nightclub after a Jets fan allegedly heckled Hernandez and his friends in May 2013; the other pistol was found along a road not far from Hernandez’s home and was allegedly ditched by Hernandez’s fiancée. The rifle was found in a Toyota parked in the garage of Hernandez’s home when it was searched by investigators a few days after Lloyd’s killing.
May 1, 2014
A grand jury indicts Hernandez on charges of assault stemming from his Feb. 25, 2014, jailhouse scuffle with another inmate and of threatening to kill a correctional officer as a result of things Hernandez allegedly said on Nov. 1, 2013.
May 15, 2014
A grand jury in Suffolk County indicts Hernandez on multiple charges of murder, assault with intent to murder and a single count of illegal weapons possession in the deaths of de Abreu and Furtado. Boston District Attorney Daniel Conley, in announcing the indictments, alleged that Hernandez himself was the gunman: “Aaron Hernandez fired a .38-caliber revolver multiple times from the driver’s side of his vehicle into the passenger’s side of the victims’ vehicle.” In addition, the grand jury indicted Hernandez’s cousin, Singleton, on a contempt charge, alleging that she refused to testify before the grand jury even after being granted immunity. Hours later, Wallace appears for his arraignment on the murder indictment in Bristol County, where he pleads not guilty.
May 28, 2014
Hernandez pleads not guilty in the killings of de Abreu and Furtado and the wounding of a third man.
June 16, 2014
Hernandez pleads not guilty to an assault charge filed after the fight with another inmate on Feb. 25, 2014 and to a charge of making a threat filed after he allegedly threatened to kill a correctional officer on Nov. 1, 2013. In addition, Bristol County Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh tentatively schedules an Oct. 6, 2014, beginning to Hernandez's trial in the Lloyd case.
July 14, 2014
Singleton, Hernandez's cousin, files a motion seeking to combine the two contempt charges she's facing so she can plead guilty and be sentenced. The charge of conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact to murder is still pending.
Aug. 12, 2014
Singleton, Hernandez’s cousin, pleads guilty to contempt in the Lloyd case and is sentenced to a year of home confinement and two years of probation. A charge of conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact to murder remains unresolved.
Aug. 26, 2014
Bristol County Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh hands Hernandez a potentially significant victory when she tosses out evidence from two cell phones and three tablet computers taken from the player’s home in the early days of the Lloyd investigation, citing problems with the search warrant under which they were taken.
Sept. 15, 2014
Hernandez contends in court papers that he felt “helpless” and worried for his fiancée and young daughter during a 2013 police search of his mansion – statements he made as part of a flurry of motions aimed at undercutting the case against him in Lloyd’s death. In all, his attorneys file five motions seeking to throw out evidence in the case.
Sept. 23, 2014
Singleton, Hernandez’s cousin, pleads guilty to contempt in the de Abreu and Furtado killings and is sentenced to two years of probation and home confinement.
Sept. 30, 2014
Bristol County Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh begins taking what ultimately will be three days of testimony on a series of defense motions seeking to toss out Hernandez’s cell phone and other evidence seized at his home during the execution of search warrants in the days following Lloyd’s death. Judge Garsh suspends the hearings because one witness is not available; it is not clear when she will conclude them and rule.
Oct. 2, 2014
Judge Garsh formally hands the defense a victory by tossing out evidence taken from an apartment rented by Hernandez in Franklin, Mass., and from a Hummer registered to him – though prosecutors had already conceded that the warrants were defective and had agreed that they should be suppressed. Among the evidence that will never go to jurors: Carlos Ortiz’s cell phone, multiple boxes of .45-caliber ammunition and a Glock .45-caliber magazine loaded with four different brands of ammunition – the same brands of ammunition found at the scene of Lloyd’s death.
Oct. 10, 2014
Judge Garsh rejects a defense motion to toss out Hernandez’s cell phone as evidence on the argument that it was recovered from his attorneys – not from the former player – and that authorities exceeded the scope of a warrant authorizing its seizure. Although Garsh gives the defense a moral victory, ruling there were problems with the warrant, she also concludes that Hernandez’s lawyers “freely and voluntarily” turned the phone over to investigators. Judge Garsh also denies a second defense motion, which contends that law officers unlawfully interrogated Hernandez during a search of his home two days after Lloyd’s murder. And though she does hand the defense a small victory, tossing out a towel recovered during the same search of Hernandez’s home, she rejects the rest of a motion contending that other evidence taken from the home exceeded the scope of a search warrant.
Oct. 30, 2014
Judge Garsh rejects the arguments of Hernandez’s attorneys that the jury pool in Bristol County is hopelessly poisoned by pre-trial publicity, turning down their motion for a change of venue. She moves ahead with plans to begin jury selection on Jan. 9, 2015.