How a piece of BUBBLEGUM may prove Patriots star Aaron Hernandez murdered his friend ‘execution-style’ in an abandoned industrial park
- Footballer ‘stopped at gas station to buy cotton candy-flavoured gum’
- Piece of cotton candy gum ‘discovered next to shell casing in rental car’
- Video from Hernandez‘s own security cameras ‘show him with a gun’
- Murder victim Odin Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend
- Patriots star also being sued for a separate alleged shooting in February
- Former assistant Alexander Bradley claims player shot him in the face
A piece of chewed bubblegum proves that New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez murdered his friend Odin Lloyd in an abandoned industrial park, prosecutors claim.
Hernandez, 23, was yesterday charged with shooting Lloyd five times in what was described as an ‘orchestrated execution’ at the disused park just minutes from his mansion in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Yesterday at a hearing in Attleboro District Court prosecutors said that on the night of the murder, Hernandez stopped at a gas station and bought gas, cigarettes and crucially a packet of blue cotton candy-flavoured Bubblicious bubble gum.
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Assistant District Attorney Willam McCauley told the court that the following morning, Hernandez returned the rental car to the hire company and exchanged it for a new vehicle.
The casing, for a .45 calibre handgun, is understood to match those found at the scene of the crime.
Mr McCauley said that surveillance video from Hernandez’s own home security cameras show two friends arriving at his $1.3million mansion with the three of them leaving at approximately 1:12 a.m., with Hernandez at the wheel.
After stopping at the gas station, Hernandez is said to have driven to nearby Dorchester where he picked up Lloyd.
Apparently, Lloyd had misgivings about the meeting and sent text messages to his family.
‘Did you see who I am with?’ he asked. Then he responded, cryptically, ‘NFL,’ prosecutor said.
Mobile phone records show that the last time Lloyd used his phone was to text his sister at around 3:23am.
He wrote ‘Just so you know.’
At the moment the text was sent, Hernandez’s car was caught on camera going down a gravel road to the industrial area where Lloyd’s body was found before returning four minutes later, at 3:27 a.m.
Prosecutors claim that when Lloyd stepped out of the SUV, Hernandez allegedly shot him one in the chest with a .45-caliber pistol – knocking Lloyd to the ground.
As he lay on the ground, Lloyd reached up in an attempt to shield himself. Hernandez allegedly shot him four more times in the chest.
At 3.29am Hernandez is seen returning home with video from his own surveillance cameras allegedly showing him carrying what Mr McCauley described as a ‘large black gun’.
It is believed that Hernandez, a tight end who had a $37.5million NFL contract, was angry at Lloyd because he had talked to the ‘wrong people’ at a nightclub.
Hernandez is being held without bail, with the judge citing the gravity of the crime as the main reason behind his decision.
Hernandez has hired two of the nation’s top criminal defense attorneys, who maintain that the evidence against him is ‘circumstantial.’
According to the Boston Globe, prosecutors revealed that Hernandez ‘orchestrated’ the murder of Lloyd because he had talked to a group of people that Hernandez ‘had trouble with’ at a Boston nightclub on Friday night.
Dead Spin reports that prosecutors have a video showing Hernandez with a handgun saying ‘You can’t trust anyone anymore’ before making the trip to pick up Lloyd.
Prosecutors said Hernandez and his wo men picked 27-year-old Lloyd up at his house in Dorchester early Monday morning in the rented SUV.
The investigation started more than a week ago after semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd was found slain in an industrial park in North Attleborough, on the Rhode Island line not far from where the Patriots play.
Video emerged of Hernandez being taken from his home in handcuffs, which followed after Massachusetts state police – wearing wetsuits and armed with metal detectors – combed through a stream near his home yesterday.
However, the officers left empty-handed after turning up no new evidence in the execution-style murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was reportedly last seen partying with Hernandez in Boston.
A Massachusetts court said yesterday it had sealed documents related to the killing of Odin.
Attleboro District Court officials said documents related to the case, including search warrants, have been impounded, meaning the public can’t see them.
On Saturday, investigators and police canines searched Hernandez’s $1.3million mansion for a second time. They left with several brown paper bags of evidence, but did not make an arrest.
Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, was friends with Hernandez and was with him on Monday morning before he was shot in the head.
His body was dumped in an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s luxury home in the Boston suburb of North Attleborough, Massachusetts.
Hernandez, 23, has been under intense media scrutiny since news of the murder broke. Police, however, have not named him – or anyone else – a suspect in the case.
About two dozen reporters, photographers and video producers were camped outside his house on Monday, looking for any sign of the tight end, who signed a $37.5million five-year contract with the Patriots last year.
Arrest: Hernandez is led from his home in handcuffs this morning one day after his home was searched for the fourth time
According to Fox25 sources, a warrant was drawn up Friday morning for the arrest of Hernandez on a charge of obstruction of justice. But, it has not been officially issued or executed yet – suggesting that state police may be using it as bargaining chip in their talks with the defense lawyers, according to the TV station.
Separate surveillance videos show Hernandez outside Lloyd’s home about an hour before the incident, and then walking into his own North Attleboro, Massachusetts, mansion after the shots were heard, according to the TV station.
Hernandez returned to his Massachusetts home Friday amid speculations of an impending arrest just as it was announced that he has lost an endorsement deal.
The tight end had been drinking in a Boston bar with some friends on Sunday night – including Lloyd, who was found shot dead ‘execution style’ hours later.
His body was found by a jogger in an industrial park half a mile from Hernandez’s home. He was a semi professional football player for the Boston Bandits.
Amid the expanding murder investigation, it was announced last week that CytoSport, the maker of health supplements, has dropped Hernandez as the face of Muscle Milk.
‘In light of the investigation involving Aaron Hernandez, CytoSport is terminating its endorsement contract with Mr. Hernandez, effective immediately,’ a company statement said.
Looking for clues: Police officers searched a car parked outside Hernandez’s North Attleboro, Mass., home
Hernandez also has an endorsement deal with Puma. The athletic attire giant has declined to comment on the case.
ABC News reports that Hernandez’s security system was smashed – including the surveillance videos. He also handed over his cell phone to investigators ‘in pieces.’
This week, Hernandez was sued by his former friend friend and personal assistant Alexander Bradley over claims that he shot Bradley in the face during a fight at a Miami nightclub in February.
Bradley claims he lost one eye when a gun owned by Hernandez went off in his car as they drove away together following a heated argument.
A fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft, Hernandez was named to the Pro Bowl in his second season. Last season he caught 51 passes and scored five touchdowns for the Patriots.
He is spending the off-season recovering from a shoulder scope.
Hernandez, a University of Florida Graduate and native of Bristol, Connecticut., was drafted by the Patriots in 2010. He had five touchdowns for the Pats during the 2012 season.
On August 27, 2012, the Patriots signed Hernandez to a five-year extension, which included a $12.5 million signing bonus, the largest signing bonus ever given to an NFL tight end, and the second-largest extension ever, after teammate Rob Gronkowski’s.