Aaron Hernandez was arrested on June 27 and charged with murder. Now, the ex-NFL player is facing a civil suit in connection with the case.
The family of Odin Lloyd has filed a lawsuit on Monday against Hernandez for the wrongful death of the former semi-pro football player. Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée, was killed on the night of June 17. Hernandez is being sued in a wrongful death lawsuit, which claims that Hernandez "maliciously, willfully, wantonly, recklessly or by gross negligence” caused Lloyd’s death, according to court documents.
On Thursday, attorneys from both sides agreed that Hernandez’s home, which is reportedly worth $1.6 million, could be used to settle a future judgment in the civil case. The New England Patriots also agreed to not pay Hernandez the $3.2 million that he is owed. Lloyd’s family had sought a court order to prevent the team from giving the former tight end the remainder of his contract.
The lawsuit does not specify how much in damages the family is seeking. In August 2012, Hernandez signed a $40 million contract extension, but it was voided soon after his arrest.
The news of the civil suit comes shortly after yet another person connected to Hernandez was found dead. Tabitha Perry was found unconscious on Tuesday, and pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital. According to reports, investigators believe she died while visiting a friend.
Perry’s death has not been deemed suspicious, and police are waiting on a toxicology report to determine the cause of the death. The 27-year-old was with Thaddeus Singleton when he died in a car crash just days after Hernandez was arrested. The two have a child together, and Singleton reportedly is the one who introduced Hernandez to Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, the two men with him on the night of Lloyd’s death.
Singleton and Perry aren’t the only acquaintances of Hernandez that have died since his arrest. Robert Valentine, Hernandez’s uncle was killed on Aug. 3 in a crash, while riding on a moped.