|Odin Lloyd’s family files wrongful-death lawsuit against Aaron Hernandez||12.18.13 at 10:22 am ET|
The family of shooting victim Odin Lloyd filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is charged with Lloyd’s murder.
The suit, reported by the Fall River Herald-News, was filed in Bristol County Superior Court on Monday. It alleges Hernandez “maliciously, willfully, wantonly, recklessly or by gross negligence caused Odin Lloyd to suffer personal injuries that directly resulted in his death.”
The family is seeking a court order to prevent the Patriots from paying more than $3 million that Hernandez claims the team owes him as part of his contract in a bid to keep the money available to the family should it win the suit.
A hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. in New Bedford, where the plaintiff’s attorney will argue for a restraining order to keep Hernandez from using legal maneuvering to protect his North Attleboro home.
The suit was filed the same day a woman with ties to Hernandez died under mysterious circumstances. Tabitha Perry, who survived a car accident that killed Hernandez associate Thaddeus Singleton III in June, was found unconscious and not breathing by police responding to a 911 call to a home in Southington, Conn.
Connecticut authorities said they are waiting for the results of toxicology tests.
|Conn. woman with ties to Aaron Hernandez dies||12.17.13 at 1:01 pm ET|
A 27-year-old Connecticut woman with connections to accused murderer and former Patriot Aaron Hernandez died Monday, six months after surviving a car crash that killed another Hernandez associate.
Tabitha Perry, who was interviewed by Massachusetts law enforcement about the June 17 shooting death of Odin Lloyd, was visiting a friend in Southington, Conn., on Monday night, according to a report in the Hartford Courant. She was found unconscious and not breathing when police responded to a 911 call. Toxicology results are pending.
On June 30, Perry was injured when Thaddeus Singleton III lost control of his car and flew 100 feet through the air before crashing into the side of Farmington Country Club. Singleton, who had a child with Perry, was married to Tanya Singleton, a cousin of Hernandez who is facing an accessory charge in Lloyd’s death.
Thadeus Singleton was described by police as the “nexus” of Hernandez’s Bristol network, and the individual who connected Hernandez to his alleged accomplices in Lloyd’s death, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz.
The Singletons lived at a home in Bristol owned by Hernandez’s uncle, and it has been searched by police multiple times. Police seized a car from the garage of the home that matched the description of the vehicle involved in the 2012 drive-by shooting that killed two men in downtown Boston.
|Dolphins’ Mike Pouncey reportedly testifies before grand jury in Aaron Hernandez case||12.12.13 at 9:21 am ET|
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey missed practice Wednesday, reportedly because he was in Boston to appear before a grand jury in the Aaron Hernandez case.
Pouncey, who played with Hernandez at the University of Florida and remained close friends with the former Patriots tight end, was issued a subpoena at Gillette Stadium when the Dolphins played the Patriots on Oct. 27.
Authorities are believed to have interest in Pouncey’s knowledge about Hernandez’s alleged involvement in interstate gun trafficking.
Pouncey is expected to play Sunday when the Patriots visit Miami.
|Report: Dolphins’ Mike Pouncey served grand jury subpoena in connection to Aaron Hernandez case||10.27.13 at 8:31 pm ET|
The Massachusetts State Police served Dolphins center Mike Pouncey with a grand jury subpoena after Sunday’s game against the Patriots, according to Sports Illustrated. The report says the subpoena is connected to the investigation of Aaron Hernandez, whom Pouncey has been friends with since they were teammates at the University of Florida.
Agencies from multiple states are looking into Hernandez’ involvement in interstate gun trafficking, according to the report. The extent of Pouncey’s involvement is unknown, but the report says police are focusing on multiple transactions between him and Hernandez.
According to the report, two state police officers handed Pouncey the subpoena in the hallway between the visitors locker room and the team bus less than an hour after Sunday’s game. A Dolphins spokesman said the organization had no comment, while a Patriots official told SI that owner Robert Kraft was not made aware that police would be serving Pouncey a subpoena.
Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury in September and pled not guilty to six charges, including first-degree murder.
Pouncey’s twin brother, Maurkice, plays for the Steelers and also roomed with Hernandez at Florida. SI reports that a Steelers spokesman declined to answer any questions about whether Maurkice has been contacted by police.
|NFLPA reportedly files grievances against Patriots on behalf of Aaron Hernandez, seeking millions||10.16.13 at 10:11 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The NFLPA is demanding the Patriots pay accused murderer Aaron Hernandez millions of dollars from his five-year, $40 million contract.
According to the Boston Herald and ESPNBoston.com, the NFL Players Association has filed two grievances this week against the team on behalf of Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in June.
The union is seeking restitution of Hernandez’s 2013 base salary ($1.323 million), his 2014 salary ($1.137 million) and workout bonus ($500,000). The workout bonus had guarantee language attached in his original contract, and also for the final installment of his signing bonus worth $3.25 million.
Hernandez signed a five-year extension in August 2012 that was to keep him with the Pats through 2018. The extension had a total maximum value of $40 million, with a $12.5 million signing bonus. In August, the NFLPA had filed a grievance against the Patriots on behalf of Hernandez, seeking to collect $82,000 in workout bonuses.
Team president Jonathan Kraft told the team’s radio network in August that the team believes Hernandez is not owed workout bonus money because the player failed to meet the 90 percent participation requirement.
After filing the initial grievance this August, the union made its only public statement about the case, setting the groundwork for this week’s more substantial demand from the team.
“On behalf of all players, it is our responsibility to protect the rights in the collective bargaining agreement,” the union said in a statement. “We are not tone-deaf to what the allegations are in this case, but for the benefit of all players, there are important precedents here we must protect.”
A team can recover bonus money and avoid a cap hit if a player violates one of the league’s personal-conduct policies or defaults on contract language.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, speaking before his team’s annual pre-season gala, responded to the grievance.
“Simple: you can look at our history. We honor all of our contracts, and we expect the people who sign them to honor their part of their contract,” Kraft said.
|Prosecutors seek removal of judge in Aaron Hernandez murder trial||10.09.13 at 5:29 pm ET|
Prosecutors in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial suspect the worst when it comes to Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh. That much was made clear as Hernandez appeared in Bristol County Superior Court Wednesday.
Lead prosecutor and Bristol County Assistant D.A. William McCauley Wednesday filed a motion to remove Garsh, a judge he says has shown “antagonism” toward the government in the past.
Hernandez appeared in court Wednesday for the first time since his arraignment on first degree murder charges in the shooting of 27-year old former associate Odin Lloyd in June.
Garsh said she would schedule a separate hearing and denied McCauley’s request for a confidential sidebar on the request to have her recused from the case.
McCauley’s skepticism toward Garsh dates to a 2010 murder trial, after which McCauley ripped the judge in an interview. McCauley claimed the judge showed “antagonism” toward the government throughout the case.
Defense lawyers in that case defended Garsh as fair while and Hernandez’s legal representatives said Wednesday they would oppose the prosecution’s motion. Garsh was assigned the Hernandez case two weeks ago after he pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with killing Lloyd and weapons possession.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Hernandez was briefly called to the stand so the judge could ask him about a potential conflict of interest, as one of his defense lawyers works in the same firm as the wife of one of the prosecutors. Hernandez said he was aware of the connection but did not have a problem with it. The judge asked him a series of questions, including what kind of work he did.
“I played football – NFL,” he told Garsh in a barely audible voice.
|Matt Light on D&C: ‘I really didn’t know’ Aaron Hernandez||10.02.13 at 9:36 am ET|
Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to discuss the imprisoned Aaron Hernandez, the injured Vince Wilfork and the 4-0 Patriots.
Light made headlines this summer for telling the Dayton Daily News that he “never believed in anything Hernandez stood for,” following the former tight end’s arrest for murder.
Two weeks ago, Light backpedaled on his original statement, saying that he never made those comments to the reporter.
“I really didn’t know [Hernandez], to be honest with you,” Light said. “I played a couple of seasons and he wasn’t out there a lot. You focus on the guys you’re with. There were times, I hate to admit this, that I didn’t know who some of the guys in our secondary were.
“It’s kind of crazy to think that there’s only 53 guys on the roster active and you don’t know some of those guys, but the truth is you don’t because you’re so locked in to what you do.”
The Patriots moved to 4-0 on Sunday with a 30-23 win over the Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The fast start is somewhat surprising considering a hampered offense that’s missing its top five receivers from last year, and without headline offseason acquisition Danny Amendola.
“The team’s where the team wants to be right now,” Light said. “Who wouldn’t want to be 4-0 a quarter of the way through the season, seeing a lot of growth out of some young players?”
The frustration of missing those top receivers boiled over in New England’s 13-10 Week 2 win over the Jets for Tom Brady, who constantly lashed out at his young wide receiving corps.
“You’ve never been frustrated in life? I mean, come on, it should be no surprise that it’s going to take a little bit of a curve,” Light said. “Although I would say after Week 1 and 2 there were many people talking about how crazy it was to bring in these young receivers, when I think from the beginning, a lot of people within the organization said they had a lot of confidence in them. To think there were going to be zero frustrations with a young football team and you wouldn’t see any of that play out is just kind of silly — that’s how it works.”
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