|Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers seek to have search warrant tossed||10.07.15 at 11:46 am ET|
Lawyers for convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez requested Tuesday that a judge invalidate a search warrant related to a 2012 double murder in Boston for which Hernandez also stands accused.
Connecticut police used the search warrant to seize a Toyota 4Runner prosecutors say Hernandez was driving when he shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado after an incident at a Boston nightclub. Hernandez’s lawyers say police relied on information from Carlos Ortiz — who allegedly was in the car with Hernandez — in order to obtain the search warrant, but they neglected to include the fact that Ortiz failed a lie detector test.
The vehicle was discovered at the home of Hernandez’s uncle in Bristol, Connecticut, while police were investigating Hernandez’s involvement in the murder of Odin Lloyd.
Hernandez’s attorneys also requested dismissal of a charge of witness intimidation — when Hernandez allegedly shot Alexander Bradley in the face in Florida and left him for dead.
The judge did not immediately rule on either request.
Jury selection in the trial is scheduled to start Dec. 1.
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|Bill Belichick recalls moment when he realized Rob Gronkowski could be much more to Pats offense||09.23.15 at 11:10 am ET|
FOXBORO — Bill Belichick remembers the game like it was yesterday. The 2010 preseason opener against Drew Brees and the defending Super Bowl champs at Gillette Stadium. It was Aug. 12, 2010, and it was the debut of a pair of tight ends by the name of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Hernandez caught one ball for six yards. Gronkowski didn’t even go out for a pass.
One was considered a receiving threat and the other was, well just an offensive afterthought.
Hernandez was the talented tight end out of Florida that could run routes as a wide receiver. Gronkowski was the 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end out of Arizona with back issues that the Patriots thought could be a force on the line of scrimmage.
But after the way Belichick and then-offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien watch Gronkowski go about his job, and the receiving experience he showed on film at Arizona, Belichick thought about a change.
“Even that first year he was here, in the first preseason game, I don’t even think he went out for a pass,” Belichick recalled Wednesday. “He was in protection. We were in what we call ’15-80′ protection with the tight ends in. We were in those protections a lot when he was in the game. We were sending Aaron [Hernandez] out [on receiving routes], that type of thing. He did that to the best of his ability. He did it well and the mistakes he made he learned from and all that. Then the next week, Billy and I talked about it, we’re like, ‘Look, we’ve got to get this guy in the passing game. He’s more than a tackle. We’ve got to get him out there.’ We put emphasis on that and he did that.”
|Judge authorizes sale of Aaron Hernandez’s home||08.14.15 at 8:41 am ET|
A Massachusetts judge has ruled that the $1.3 million North Attleboro home and 2005 Hummer owned by former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez can be sold as part of a lawsuit filed over the death of Odin Lloyd, whom Hernandez is convicted of killing.
The sale of the 7,100-square-foot home and SUV was authorized on Thursday by judge Richard Moses, who later will enter an order clarifying what will happen to the sale proceeds.
Hernandez was arrested in 2013 for and convicted in April of Lloyd’s murder. He was sentenced to life in prison. Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, has filed a wrongful death suit against Hernandez.
Hernandez also is facing trial for the 2012 slayings of two men in Boston, a crime to which he has pleaded not guilty.
|Judge rejects Aaron Hernandez move to overturn murder conviction||07.01.15 at 2:14 pm ET|
Judge Susan A. Garsh, who oversaw Aaron Hernandez‘s trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd, refused a motion to toss the ex-Patriot’s first-degree murder conviction or at least reduce it to second-degree murder on Wednesday.
Hernandez’s defense lawyers asked the court to “invalidate the jury’s verdict and find Hernandez not guilty on the murder charge and one of the gun charges,” according to the Hartford Courant.
Garsh, in refuting the motions, which was a procedural step that needed to be taken before an appeal, wrote in a ruling that “considering the evidence in the light most favorable to the Commonwealth, the court finds that a rational jury could find that the Commonwealth proved every essential element of the crimes charged in counts 1 and 2 beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Hernandez was convicted in April of first-degree murder, which holds an automatic life sentence without parole.
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|Aaron Hernandez’s lawyer says he received tip about potentially ‘untruthful’ juror||06.15.15 at 7:59 pm ET|
A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez said an anonymous tipster alerted him to a problem with one of the jurors who convicted the former Patriots tight end of first-degree murder.
According to court documents released Monday (via The Associated Press), attorney James Sultan first received a call April 16, the day after Hernandez was convicted for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. The woman made several other calls from a blocked number. The names of the juror and the tipster were redacted in the documents, along with specifics of the calls.
According to Sultan, the woman recognized a female juror on television and said the juror was present for a discussion of the Hernandez’s double murder case, for which he is due to go on trial later this year or early next year. The judge barred mentions of those killings at the trial.
Sultan also said the caller informed him that the juror had said she wanted to be seated on the Hernandez panel.
Another juror was dismissed by Judge Susan Garsh during the trial for similar reasons — previously discussing the case and expressing an interest in being seated.
|Aaron Hernandez pleads not guilty to shooting friend in face||05.21.15 at 10:32 pm ET|
Hernandez, in court for the first time since being convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd in 2013, sported a new tattoo on the right side of his neck — the word “Lifetime” above a star. As an inmate, Hernandez is not allowed to get a tattoo, and he is expected to face discipline for this transgression.
The former Patriots tight end reportedly was put in a segregation unit this week after serving as a lookout for an inmate who entered another prisoner’s cell in order to fight.
On his latest charge, Hernandez allegedly shot Alexander Bradley in the face as the two left a Florida nightclub in 2013. Bradley is believed to have been with Hernandez at a Boston nightclub on July 6, 2012, when Hernandez allegedly shot and killed two men shortly after leaving the club.
According to the prosecution, Bradley infuriated Hernandez by making a comment about the shooting while the two were in Florida in early 2013. Hernandez shot Bradley in the face while the two were in a car, resulting in Bradley losing his right eye. Bradley then was pushed out of the car and left on the side of the road as Hernandez drove away.
The prosecution asked that the witness intimidation case be combined with the murder charges in order to have the cases be tried together. The judge scheduled a hearing for June 4 to discuss that proposal and set a trial date.
In a separate hearing Thursday, Hernandez was hit with a 60-day extension of a restraining order batting him from selling his 2005 Hummer and keeping the money. The family of Odin Lloyd has sued Hernandez, and the family’s lawyers are trying to prevent Hernandez from hiding his assets. The car was found at a used car lot in Wrentham.
|Report: Aaron Hernandez involved in prison gang fight||05.20.15 at 1:23 pm ET|
According to a CNN report, Aaron Hernandez played a role in an apparent gang fight Monday at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, where the former Patriots tight end is being held after receiving a life sentence for murder.
CNN, crediting a law enforcement source, reports that Hernandez served as a lookout for a prisoner who went into another inmate’s cell and engaged in a fight. All three individuals are being disciplined, with Hernandez placed in a special management section of the prison.
Hernandez was convicted in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. He is due back in court Thursday for a status hearing related to his second trial, for a 2012 double-homicide in Boston.