Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Image seems to show Hernandez with gun soon after killing

ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — An image taken on Aaron Hernandez's home surveillance system appears to show Hernandez carrying a gun inside his house 10 to 15 minutes after the man he is accused of killing was shot to death less than a mile from the former Patriot tight end's home in North Attleborough, Mass.

The grainy image was among several released as part of documents unsealed in the case Thursday.

Hernandez has been charged with murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, 27, a Boston semi-professional football player, on June 17. The former Gator was arrested June 26 and cut by the Patriots before he was charged that afternoon. He is being held without bail after pleading not guilty.

Also among the information released in a heavily redacted 104-page search warrant was that Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber gun. Police say they haven't recovered the gun.

The documents also shed light on initial statements Hernandez and his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, gave to investigators.

On the morning Lloyd's body was found, investigators visited Hernandez's home. They said Hernandez became "argumentative" and asked, "What's with all the questions?" When asked about Lloyd, Hernandez told police he was "up his way yesterday," the documents said. Police said he "slammed" the door when they told him they were investigating a death.

Jenkins told police she went out to dinner with Hernandez the night of Lloyd's death before he left their home with friends.

Brady speaks: In the wake of Hernandez's arrest, the tight end's former quarterback, Tom Brady, said the Patriots must work hard to "re-establish what we're all about."

"It's been a challenging offseason," Brady said as New England opened camp at Foxborough. "But we're going to try to move forward as best we know how."

Brady talked at length for the first time since Hernandez's name surfaced in connection with Lloyd's death.

"Certainly, it's a very tragic thing that happened and someone loses their life," Brady said during a 17-minute session on the team's practice field, "but all those things were out of the players' control here. We're not really a part of that situation."

He declined to answer several questions, saying he had been advised not to. The questions included whether he had spoken with Hernandez and whether Hernandez had apologized.

Brady said the case has been "zero" distraction for him.

In Hernandez's three seasons since being drafted by the Patriots, he was one of Brady's top receivers. Asked if he thought he knew Hernandez, Brady said, "The relationship that you have as a football player, the relationship you have within the walls of (the stadium) are what they are, and then people have their own life."

Brady and the team's defensive captains — Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty and Vince Wilfork — were made available to reporters for a half-hour. All four were asked almost exclusively about Hernandez. Wilfork didn't mention Hernandez's name.

"I feel bad for the victim's family, but we have to move forward as a football team," he said. "That's sad to say, but that's reality."

It's important to keep off-field issues separate from players' jobs on the field, he said.

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