Soon after Aaron Hernandez was charged with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, he was connected to a double homicide in July 2012. Now, information has emerged detailing what police believe Hernandez’s actions may have been on the night of those Boston murders.
According to the Hartford Courant, a search warrant explains that investigators believe the former New England Patriots tight end was directly involved in the killing of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 16, 2012. The report states that Hernandez and Alexander Bradley, who’s suing the ex-football player for shooting him in the face in February, were in the same nightclub as the two victims shortly before the shooting. Surveillance footage also puts them near the drive-by shooting, not long after it happened.
The motive for Hernandez to want Abreu and Furtado dead is unknown, but accounts from informants also indicate that he was in the area of the double homicide. The car Hernandez was allegedly in during the shooting may have been discovered. A Toyota 4Runner, which was found at one of Hernandez’s cousins’ home in Bristol, Connecticut, is suspected as being the vehicle used. It's unknown if Hernandez pulled the trigger.
The search warrant that disclosed the details is in relation to phone calls that Bradley made while in prison. Investigators believe Bradley discussed the Boston murders on those calls.
The double homicide from 2012 may not be unrelated to the death of Odin Lloyd. Reports have suggested that Lloyd could have had information about the incident.
As police look into Hernandez’s possible involvement in the two Boston deaths, he still awaits trial for Lloyd’s murder. His fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, is looking to be absolved from any responsibility in the case. She faces perjury charges for lying to the jury about what she did on the day after Lloyd’s death. Prosecutors believe Jenkins wasn’t truthful to a grand jury in relation to accusations that she destroyed potential evidence.
Jenkins is seeking a dismissal of the perjury charge, with attorney Janice Bassil claiming, "I just don't see the evidence supporting these charges." Hernandez’s girlfriend has pleaded not guilty to perjury, and was granted immunity in the case before speaking to the grand jury.