Surveillance photos show Aaron Hernandez apparently holding gun
The newsworthy photos taken from Hernandez's home surveillance system are contained in more than 100 pages of court records released by Attleboro District Court. The photos released Thursday allegedly show Hernandez holding a gun on the day that the 27-year-old Odin Lloyd was killed.
The 23-year-old Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Lloyd, a semi-professional football player and Boston native, whose body was discovered in an industrial park only a mile from Hernandez’s home on June 17. Police say Lloyd was shot five times.
An affidavit released Thursday says the photos in question show Hernandez in his basement, holding a gun 15 minutes following the death of Lloyd. The surveillance footage was cutoff a few minutes afterwards.
Other photos show what authorities again believe to be Hernandez with a gun in his living room, a few hours before Lloyd’s death.
Police sat Lloyd was shot with a .45 caliber gun, but the murder weapon has not been recovered yet. When Hernandez was charged in the Lloyd murder case last month, prosecutors say he disposed-of the gun and then destroyed his home surveillance system. Additional evidence against ex-NFL star includes boxes of ammunition found at Hernandez’s “flop house,” consistent with shell casings found at the murder scene.
The previously sealed court records were released on Thursday after several media organizations filed motions seeking access to the documents, and Judge Daniel O'Shea agreed during court proceedings on Wednesday that they were public records.
However, the defense attorney’s strongly objected to the unsealing of the records, arguing that it is "systematically undermining" Hernandez's right to a fair trial.
Also Wednesday, O'Shea considered the defense’s objection to delay the probable case hearing for Hernandez but ended up siding with the prosecutors, in order to give the prosecution additional to present the evidence in the murder case to the grand jury.
That probable case hearing was rescheduled to August 22. Hernandez will continue to be held without bail until then.
Prosecutors allege that Hernandez “orchestrated” Lloyd’s death because he was upset with Lloyd for talking to people he had problems with, at a nightclub a few nights before the murder.
The police have also arrested two of Hernandez’s associates – Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz – who they believe drove with Hernandez to the North Attleborough industrial park on the night of Lloyd’ death. Authorities have not yet revealed who fired the shots, but according to court records, Ortiz snitched to the police that Wallace told him Hernandez fired the shots.
The New England Patriots released Hernandez a few hours after his arrest.