Aaron Hernandez update: Relative in Connecticut killed in car crash; domestic incidents revealed
|07.03.13 at 8:53 am ET|
A man who died in a car crash in Farmington, Conn., this past weekend was the son-in-law of Aaron Hernandez‘s uncle, and was going to be questioned in relation to the Hernandez murder case, according to multiple reports.
Thaddeus L. Singleton III was driving a vehicle registered to Hernandez’s uncle, Andres Valderamma. Singleton was married to Valderamma’s daughter, Tanya, and the couple lived in Valderamma’s house in Bristol, the city where Hernandez grew up.
Law enforcement officials last week executed a search warrant at Valderamma’s home in connection to the investigation into the murder of Odin Lloyd and a 2012 double murder in Boston.
Singleton, 33, died after crashing into the Farmington Country Club around 3:30 Sunday morning. Police said the car shot 100 feet through the air and hit the club six feet off the ground.
A woman in the passenger seat, 27-year-old Tabitha Perry, is recovering in the hospital. Perry and Singleton were longtime friends, according to Perry’s mother.
Singleton had a history of run-ins with the law and reputedly had gang connections. He served time in state prison on drug-related convictions dating back to the mid-1990s.
• If it’s up to Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson, Hernandez will not get married while he’s in the Bristol County jail. Speaking to USA Today, Hodgson said Tuesday that Hernandez, who is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to a first-degree murder charge last week, should not have the privilege of marrying fiancee Shayanna Jenkins, the mother of his 7-month-old daughter, while incarcerated.
“I don’t subscribe to that,” Hodgson said. “I feel that those rights are things that you access on the outside, if you’re a good citizen. We’ll do everything we can to not have that happen.”
Jenkins, who attended Hernandez’s arraignment last week, initially spoke with investigators but stopped after receiving a phone call from Hernandez telling her to keep quiet, prosecutors said.
• Meanwhile, TMZ reported Tuesday that Hernandez was involved in a domestic incident with Jenkins last June at a rental property in the Los Angeles area.
According to the report, police were called to the home in Hermosa Beach by a neighbor who reported fighting inside the house between Hernandez and Jenkins. After Jenkins said she was fine, police left without making an arrest.
TMZ credits law enforcement sources as saying police were called to the home several other times after similar complaints from neighbors.
Additionally, TMZ reported that there was an incident a few months ago when Hernandez punched a window after an argument with Jenkins about a party in the Hermosa Beach home. Jenkins called 911 to ask for assistance because Hernandez was bleeding from the wrist.
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