Documents: Hernandez told pal he fired fatal shots
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)
Carlos Ortiz appears for a hearing at Attleboro, Mass., District Court, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Ortiz agreed to remain in jail until an August hearing to determine if he is a danger to the community. He had been arrested on weapons charges in June in Bristol, Conn., in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez is charged in the June murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player from Boston. (AP Photo/Boston Herald, Angela Rowlings) BOSTON GLOBE OUT; METRO BOSTON OUT; MAGS OUT; ONLINE OUT
A man linked to the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez told the police Hernandez admitted firing the fatal shots, and a vehicle wanted in a double killing in Boston a year before had been rented in Hernandez’s name, according to documents filed yesterday in Florida that provide the most damning evidence yet against the star athlete.
The documents say Hernandez associate Carlos Ortiz told Massachusetts investigators that another man, Ernest Wallace, said Hernandez admitted shooting semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro, Mass. The documents were filed in court by the Miramar, Fla., police department to justify a search of Wallace’s home in that city.
The documents also say that while investigating Lloyd’s killing, the police did searches in Hernandez’s hometown of Bristol, Conn., that turned up a vehicle wanted in connection with a July 2012 double homicide in Boston. The police said the vehicle had been rented in Hernandez’s name.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in Lloyd’s killing. His legal team did not return email messages yesterday.
Prosecutors say Hernandez, Wallace and another man drove with Lloyd to an industrial park where Lloyd was fatally shot.
Ortiz told the police that, after picking up Lloyd, the four men headed back to North Attleboro. Along the way, Hernandez told Lloyd that Lloyd had been “chilling” with people Hernandez had problems with, the documents said. But Ortiz told the police that the two men shook hands and the problem seemed smoothed over. But soon the car stopped, and everyone but Ortiz got out to urinate, according to Ortiz’s account.
The witness also told the police he then heard gunshots before Hernandez and Wallace got back into the car without Lloyd and the vehicle sped away.
Wallace faces an accessory to murder charge in the case and has pleaded not guilty.
Meanwhile, eight search warrants were unsealed in Massachusetts after news organizations sought access to the records. The warrants reveal the breadth of the investigation, with authorities scouring through everything from Hernandez’s house to his phone to the contents of his team locker, which the Patriots emptied into a container after they released him.
The police seized a rifle and ammunition found in Hernandez’s home.
According to the documents, Hernandez became “argumentative” during his first encounter with the police at his home following Lloyd’s death. He asked, “What’s with all the questions?” and locked the door behind him.
He then returned with his attorney’s business card but didn’t respond when the police told him they were investigating a death.