Police in Massachusetts continue to gather evidence against the former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez as he awaits trial in the 2012 shooting death of two men after a night at a Boston nightclub. Authorities in Suffolk County announced on Wednesday that they are now interested in talking to several tattoo artists who may have inked Hernandez around that time period.
TMZreported Wednesday that the Suffolk County District Attorney issued a statement saying they are “seeking assistance” from anyone who tattooed Aaron Hernandez’s right arm in the aftermath of the 2012 drive-by shooting that killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. It appears that tattoos on Hernandez’s body could contain evidence that pertains to the case, and Suffolk County investigators said that they believe the artists “may have made observations of evidentiary value in the pending Suffolk County murder prosecutions.”
Police explained that in 2012, the meeting between Mr Abreu, Mr Furtado, and Aaron Hernandez was a “chance encounter” at a nightclub in Boston.Hernandez, in a SUV, followed the two men, who stopped at a red light, and was fired upon by who witnesses described as Hernandez with a.38 caliber revolver. The driver, Abreu, was shot multiple times, including a fatal shot to the chest. Furtado, in the front passenger seat, was also shot multiple times, including a fatal shot to the head. Three of the five passengers in the car were also shot.
According to USA Today, investigators hoped to speak with tattoo artists who did work on Hernandez’s right forearm during the time of the double-murder, although the D.A. will not say what possible clues the ink may contain. Authorities specifically wanted to speak with artist who saw Hernandez between February 2012 and June 2013, when the former football player was believed to have been in Hermosa Beach, California; Bristol, Connecticut; Palm Beach and Miami, Florida; Massachusetts; and Rhode Island. Authorities also added that they would be willing to speak to any tattoo artist who worked on Hernandez, not just for the dates that were listed.
Hernandez is schedule to be arraigned for the July 2012 incident on May 28 on two counts of first degree murder, and according to the Boston Herald, Hernandez will also be arraigned on three counts of armed assault with intent to murder, and single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Aaron Hernandez has been in jail since June 26 following his arrest and murder indictment in the death of his friend, Odin Lloyd.
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