Hernandez a suspect in 2012 case?
A day after he was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is being looked into as a "possible suspect" in a double murder, according to multiple reports.
The reports state the double murder happened in downtown Boston on July 16, 2012. Sourcing the police blog from that date, FOX 25 says that “officers responded to the intersection of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street just after 2 a.m. When they arrived, they found three people had been shot, two fatally, as they sat in a car at a traffic light.”
The men, Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu, were reportedly seated in the front seat of the vehicle when a witness says that a “gray or silver SUV with Rhode Island plates opened fire on it. The surviving victim was in the back seat” and two in the SUV fled the scene.
According to a FOX 25 source, the men worked at a cleaning company in Dorchester and had just left a bar in the area.
Officials told the Boston Globe that investigators now believe that Lloyd may have had information about the ex-NFL star’s involvement in the double murder.
“The motive might have been that the victim knew [Hernandez] might have been involved,” one of the officials told the Globe.
Prosecutors also moved forward in the murder investigation that led to Hernandez’s arrest. According to The Associated Press, the arrest of a Connecticut man has ties to the Lloyd case.
The AP reports that while no allegations against him have been released, 27-year-old Carlos Ortiz has been charged as a fugitive from justice, waiving extradition to Massachusetts. New Britain State’s Attorney Brian Preleski told the AP that Ortiz was arrested in Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn., and that the “arrest came as prosecutors and Bristol police were helping Massachusetts authorities in the investigation of the shooting death” of Lloyd.
Citing prison records, the reports states that Ortiz is being held on $1.5 million bail at a Hartford jail.
Hernandez was denied bail in a hearing on Thursday.
According to FOX 25, Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson told reporters on Wednesday that Hernandez will get no special treatment after his arrival to the Bristol County House of Corrections.
The report says that Hodgson added that Hernandez will undergo a mental and physical evaluation in the coming days and that he will wear a green jumpsuit, which signifies that he has not been convicted of any crime. Further, "depending upon a medical evaluation, he may be in a cell by himself or with a cell mate. Hodgson says being a professional athlete is not reason enough to keep him in his own cell."
In addition, FOX 25 says that investigators will have to check on whether Hernandez has any ties to gangs "due to media reports of his alleged connection to gang members" as a step to see whether he has to be isolated from any other prisoners and that he will be unable to use a cell phone, the Internet, watch television, lift weights, or eat junk food during his stay at the correctional facility.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report