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Police search second Hernandez home

WRENTHAM, Mass. — Aaron Hernandez's home address was no secret after the media camped outside the massive house for days and cameras caught him leaving, hands cuffed behind his back, when he was arrested for murder.

But police didn't know about his "flop house."

A tip from a friend of the former Patriots tight end led authorities to the apartment about 11 miles away. Subsequent searches turned up boxes of ammunition and clothing police believe could help prove the murder case against Hernandez, court documents say.

The items were found June 26, the day Hernandez was arrested, accused of orchestrating the death of Odin Lloyd, according to search warrant records filed in Wrentham court.

Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and weapons charges. A message requesting comment on the documents was left Wednesday by the Associated Press with a spokesman for Hernandez's legal team.

Hernandez's two-bedroom apartment, which went for $1,200 a month, was in a three-story complex in Franklin, a few towns over from his North Attleborough house.

Police learned about it from Hernandez's friend, Carlos Ortiz. Ortiz was with Hernandez and Ernest Wallace when they drove with Lloyd to an industrial park where Lloyd was shot, prosecutors say. Police haven't said who shot Lloyd.

Ortiz has been charged with carrying a firearm the day of the shooting. Wallace is charged with being an accessory after the fact.

Bristol police interviewed Ortiz the day before Hernandez was arrested, the documents say. He told them "Hernandez has another address that not many people know about" and he thought he'd left a cell phone there.

Police initially got the search warrant to look for Ortiz's phone. But as they spotted additional items in the apartment — including a box of ammunition on an end table — they applied for additional warrants for the residence and for a Hummer parked outside.

In a bedroom, they found a white hooded sweatshirt, the documents say. A cranberry-colored cap with a light blue front panel and the word "society" spelled backward was found on a kitchen table, they say.

Surveillance video showed Hernandez wearing a similar sweatshirt the night Lloyd was killed, June 17, the records say. And he was wearing "this same unique hat" in a picture shown on a local TV news show that was taken outside a nightclub June 14, the Friday before the killing, the documents say.

Prosecutors say Hernandez arranged Lloyd's shooting because he was upset at him for talking to certain people at the club.

In other Hernandez news:

• Massachusetts authorities have reached out to police in Gainesville to determine whether Hernandez had a role in a September 2007 shooting at a stop light that left two men wounded, ABC News reported. One of the men was shot in the back of the head, according to a police report obtained by ESPN's Outside the Lines.

• Bristol County, Conn., Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, in whose jail Hernandez is being kept, said he won't allow Hernandez to marry his fiancee while he is incarcerated. "We're not going to revamp our entire security system to perform marriages inside our prison. If you want to get married, what you do is you stay out of jail," Hodgson told the NFL Network. If Hernandez was married to Shayanna Jenkins, mother of their 7-month-old, she could be shielded from testifying against him at a trial. Also, Hernandez has been "pretty much a model inmate," Hodgson said.

In the Gainesville case, the shooting happened after the victims left a nightclub where Hernandez, a Florida freshman at the time, had been along with then-teammates Mike and Maurkice Pouncey (now with the Dolphins and Steelers, respectively) and former Gator Reggie Nelson (then a Jaguars rookie, now with the Bengals), the report says.

Nelson said Hernandez told him one of the victims had taken a necklace from one of the Pounceys, and the unidentified Pouncey confirmed that, the report says. Nelson said he talked to the man who had been accused and they parted on good terms.

Detectives attempted to speak to Hernandez a few days after the shooting but "he invoked his right to counsel," the report says.

Gainesville police said the report was released by mistake after a public records request by ESPN and is not complete because the investigation is ongoing.

Police search second Hernandez home 07/03/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:47pm]
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