Police: Double slaying probe tied to Aaron Hernandez
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)
The Boston police have asked authorities in the Connecticut hometown of Aaron Hernandez for their help with a double homicide investigation linked to the former NFL star, the police said yesterday.
Hernandez is already charged with murder in the shooting death of his friend Odin Lloyd, whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro, Mass.
The request from the Boston police in the July 2012 double homicide was based on evidence developed through the investigation of Lloyd’s slaying, Bristol, Conn., police Lt. Kevin Morrell said. He said the police were asked to search the same home in Bristol for both investigations, and a vehicle was seized at the address Friday.
Two people were killed in the shooting in Boston’s south end July 15, 2012. Witnesses reported seeing people inside a gray SUV with Rhode Island plates open fire on a vehicle carrying the victims, 29-year-old Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Teixeira Furtado.
The Boston police have declined to comment on whether Hernandez is being looked at as a possible suspect in that case.
Prosecutors say Hernandez, 23, orchestrated Lloyd’s execution-style slaying. They say it happened after the two went to a night club a few days earlier and Lloyd spoke to people Hernandez didn’t want him talking to. Two other men are also facing charges in connection with the death of Lloyd, who played linebacker for the Boston Bandits semi-pro football team. Hernandez and Lloyd were dating sisters.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder and gun charges and is being held without bail at the county jail in Dartmouth, Mass., where Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he is acclimating well and being held alone in a cell. He gets an hour of outdoor recreation a day, an hour to shower and make phone calls, and an hour to talk to visitors per day.
Also yesterday, a Massachusetts prosecutor asked for the public’s help in finding a car mirror connected to the murder case against Hernandez.
The police are seeking the driver’s side rearview mirror from a silver Nissan Altima that Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter said may be anywhere between Odin Lloyd’s home in Boston and Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro. There are about 30 miles between the locations, largely along Interstate 95, although Sutter said the mirror may be in a wooded or secluded area along the route.
Hernandez was moved to a new cell Monday and does not have any one-on-one interaction with other inmates, Hodgson said.
The jail’s Gang Intelligence Unit has completed its initial assessment, which included an inspection of multiple tattoos on Hernandez’s arms and torso, for signs of past or current gang affiliations. Hernandez has denied any gang ties, Hodgson said.
“We feel we should still maintain caution even though we don’t have any definitive notions at this point,” the sheriff said.
He said Hernandez has been a model inmate but is being watched closely because other inmates might want to “make a name for themselves.”