Hernandez Pulled the Trigger: Associate

Documents are bad news for former NFL star
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2013 7:26 AM CDT
Hernandez Pulled the Trigger: Associate
Ernest Wallace, of Miramar, Fla., mouths words to people sitting in Attleboro District Court, in Attleboro, Mass., as he is escorted from the court room after pleading not guilty July 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

Here comes what the AP calls "the most damning evidence yet" against Aaron Hernandez, see if you can follow along: An associate of the former NFL tight end told investigators that another associate told him Hernandez shot Odin Lloyd. Here's how it went down, according to documents obtained by the AP:

  • Carlos Ortiz says he, Hernandez, Lloyd, and Ernest Wallace drove together to the industrial park where Lloyd was killed. En route, Hernandez complained about Lloyd "chilling" with people Hernandez had problems with, but he and Lloyd seemed to smooth things over.
  • Soon after, the car stopped and Hernandez, Lloyd, and Wallace got out to urinate while Ortiz stayed in the car. Ortiz heard gunshots, Hernandez and Wallace got back in, and they sped away.

  • Though Ortiz couldn't see who fired the gun, Wallace told him the next day that Hernandez had shot Lloyd. The night before, Wallace had asked Ortiz to retrieve a gun from under the driver's seat, which Ortiz did; he handed it to Hernandez when they reached his house.
  • Police now want to search Wallace's mother's house; the gun used to kill Lloyd has yet to be found.
More new info: A vehicle wanted in connection with the 2012 Boston double murder Hernandez may be linked to has been found in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Conn. It had been rented in Hernandez's name. And some more unpleasant news for Hernandez: EA Sports has removed the former New England Patriot from its video games, Madden NFL 25 and NCAA Football 14, ESPN reports. (Read more Aaron Hernandez stories.)

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