Aaron Hernandez wasn’t concerned and didn’t even ask whose death was being investigated when police officers first arrived to question him about the murder of Odin Lloyd. In fact, he slammed the door in the officers’ faces.
That’s one of the clues reported in the new court documents unsealed on Tuesday. The top video I posted from WCVB reviews the evidence that allowed the police to home in so quickly on Aaron Hernandez in the aftermath of the early morning June 17 slaying of Odin Lloyd.
According to the newly released warrant, here’s what happened when police officers arrived to question Hernandez on June 17 after the discovery of Lloyd’s body:
“Mr. Hernandez slammed the door and relocked it behind him. Mr. Hernandez did not ask officers whose death was being investigated. Mr. Hernandez’s demeanor did not indicate any concern for the death of any person.”
The papers also described the silver SUV Nissan Altima that Hernandez rented, which was allegedly used to transport Lloyd to the industrial location near Hernandez’s North Attleborough home where Lloyd was shot dead.
According to that affidavit, a bullet casing was found in the SUV which matches the shell casings found at the scene of the crime.
As you’ll see in the video, it’s considered relatively unusual for the court to release the documents so early in the investigation. Fox News noted that there were a total of eight search warrants released on Tuesday relating to the Hernandez case.
One of the alleged accomplices, Carlos Ortiz, said in the documents that Ernest Wallace, the other accomplice charged in the case, told him Hernandez was the killer.
In a USA Today report which said that Ortiz could become an important witness against Hernandez, Ortiz claimed that he joined Hernandez, Wallace, and Lloyd in the drive to the location.
However, he said that he stayed in the vehicle while the other three men got out. He heard gunshots and was later told by Wallace that Hernandez fired the shots.
Hernandez and Wallace have both pled not guilty. Hernandez is being held without bond.
In the fall-out from the murder charges, Aaron Hernandez lost his tight end position with the New England Patriots. On Monday, EA Sports announced its decision to remove him from its video games:
Here’s a look back at the Hernandez arraignment on June 26, 2013:
In the days since that appearance, the web of evidence has seemed to grow even tighter around Aaron Hernandez.
[Aaron Hernandez photo by Jeffrey Beall at Flickr, Creative Commons]