Police: Evidence found in secret Hernandez apartment
Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, left, stands as Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg speaks during the arraignment of Carlos Ortiz, Friday, June 28, 2013 in Attleboro, Mass. Ortiz was arrested Wednesday in Bristol, Conn., in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez , now charged in the murder of Odin Lloyd. (AP Photo/The Sun Chronicle, Mark Stockwell, Pool)
Odin Lloyd's teammates arrive for Lloyd's funeral service at Church of the Holy Spirit in Boston, Saturday, June 29, 2013. Hundreds of relatives, friends and well-wishers wept together and hugged at the funeral for LLoyd, a semi-pro football player whose killing led to murder and weapons charges against former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
FILE - In this June 26, 2013, file photo, Aaron Hernandez, left, stands with his attorney, Michael Fee, right, during arraignment in Attleboro District Court in Attleboro, Mass. Since Hernandez was arrested last week in the shooting death of a friend whose body was found a mile away from his home, a portrait has emerged of a man whose life away from the field included frequent connections with police-related incidents that started as long ago as his freshman year at the University of Florida. (AP Photo/The Sun Chronicle, Mike George, Pool)
Aaron Hernandez’s home address was no secret after the media camped outside the massive house for days, and cameras caught him leaving, hands cuffed behind his back, when he was arrested and charged with murder.
But the police didn’t know about his “flop house.”
A tip from a friend of the former New England Patriots tight end led authorities to the apartment about 11 miles away. Subsequent searches turned up boxes of ammunition and clothing that the police believe could help prove the murder case against Hernandez, according to court documents.
The items were found June 26, the day Hernandez was arrested for allegedly orchestrating the death of Odin Lloyd, according to search warrant records filed in a Wrentham, Mass., court.
Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty. His attorneys have said the evidence against him is circumstantial and he’s eager to clear his name. A message requesting comment on the documents was left yesterday with a spokesman for Hernandez’s legal team.
Hernandez’s two-bedroom apartment, which went for $1,200 a month, was located in a three-story complex in Franklin, Mass., a few towns over from his North Attleboro house.
The police learned about it from Hernandez’s friend, Carlos Ortiz. Prosecutors said Ortiz was with Hernandez and Ernest Wallace when they drove with Lloyd to an industrial park where Lloyd was shot. The police haven’t said who shot Lloyd.
Ortiz has since been charged with carrying a firearm the day of the shooting. Wallace is charged with being an accessory after the fact in the slaying.
Besides the Odin killing, Hernandez has been linked to the investigation of a double homicide in Boston.