Aaron Hernandez Caught With Gun— in Own Photos: Prosecutors

Surveillance footage from right after shooting

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 26, 2013 3:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Looks like Aaron Hernandez's home surveillance system may have backfired on him. Photos have emerged showing the former football star carrying a gun shortly after the shooting of Odin Lloyd, prosecutors say. "Interior surveillance footage shows Aaron Hernandez pass through the living room area of the residence while holding an item, identified by investigators being consistent with a firearm," says an affidavit, per ABC News.

The images exist despite Hernandez tampering with the 14-camera surveillance system, prosecutors say. Meanwhile, a clearer story of the night is emerging:

  • Hernandez sent a text to Lloyd hours before he was killed that read: "I'm coming to grab that tonight. U gon b around I need dat and we could step for a little again."
  • A gas station security camera shows Hernandez filling a silver sedan; that sedan was later caught pulling into the industrial park where the murder happened, an affidavit says. "This vehicle entered the crime scene at 3:23am on Monday, June 17, 2013." The timing "is consistent with the reports of employees at an adjacent business who heard gunshots." The home surveillance footage is from 10 minutes later, according to police.
  • Police found a Hungarian rifle and 33-round magazine at Hernandez's home; the AK-47-like gun carried Hernandez's palm print, the Boston Herald reports.
  • Lloyd was found with the keys to a vehicle Hernandez had rented.
  • When police went to Hernandez's home to question him, he initially slammed the door; then he agreed to an interview at the police station.

This black and white photo taken from former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez's home surveillance system in North Attleborough, Mass., and released in documents by the Attleboro District Court Thursday, July 25, 2013, shows Hernandez holding what authorities said appears to be a gun, shortly after Odin Lloyd was shot...
This black and white photo taken from former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez's home surveillance system in North Attleborough, Mass., and released in documents by the Attleboro District Court Thursday,...   (AP Photo/Attleboro District Court)
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