Aaron Hernandez murder case timeline
Prosecutors in Bristol County, Mass., allege that then-New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez orchestrated and carried out the murder of a man named Odin Lloyd. Hernandez’s fiancée and Lloyd’s girlfriend were sisters.
Prosecutors alleged that late the night of June 16, 2013, Hernandez summoned two associates, Carlos Ortiz, and Ernest Wallace Jr., from Bristol, Conn., to his home in North Attleboro, Mass. From there, according to court documents, the three of them allegedly drove to the Dorchester section of Boston and picked up Lloyd. 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 shot and killed Lloyd.
The alleged motive? That Hernandez was upset over an incident at a Boston night club several days earlier in which Lloyd allegedly talked with people the football player had problems with.
In addition to Hernandez, four others also face charges:
* Wallace has been indicted as an accessory after the fact to murder.
* Ortiz, originally charged with weapons possession, has been indicted as an accessory after the fact to murder.
* Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s 24-year-old fiancée, has been indicted on a perjury charge, alleging that she lied to a grand jury.
* Tanya Singleton, 37, a cousin of Hernandez’s who was jailed Aug. 1 for refusing to testify before a grand jury, has been indicted on charges of contempt and conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact to murder.
* Alexander Bradley, 31, has been arrested on charges of failing to answer a subpoena to testify before a grand jury.
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. 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
2:12 a.m.: Someone in a silver or gray sport utility vehicle with Rhode Island plates opens fire at a South Boston intersection, killing Safiro Furtado, 28, and Daniel Abreu, 29. Another passenger in their car is wounded, but two others escape unharmed.
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 fiance, 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 engages 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, 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. As he is being treated by paramedics, a sheriff’s officer asks Bradley who shot him. “I don’t know,” 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 fled. 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.
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’ waistband. Lloyd, 27, is a semi-pro football player with ties to Hernandez – his girlfriend, Shaneah Jenkins, and Hernandez’ fiance, 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 has 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.
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9:02 p.m.: A text is sent from Hernandez’s phone to the phone of his associate, Wallace, who is known 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 association, Carlos Ortiz, 27, 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. Ortiz later tells police that he awakens at this point and that Hernandez, Wallace and Lloyd got out of the car.
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.
Unknown time: After hearing gunfire, Ortiz sees Hernandez and Wallace get back in the car.
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. Inside, Ortiz gives the small gun to Hernandez.
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, 19, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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 last February.
Sept. 12, 2013
Alcorn appears before a grand jury in Suffolk County that is investigating the unsolved 2012 double murder in south Boston.
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.