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Warrants: Aaron Hernandez ‘argumentative’ with police investigation
.By Jay Hart | Shutdown Corner – 1 hour 49 minutes ago..
When police officers showed up to Aaron Hernandez's home on June 17, the day after Odin Lloyd was found shot to death, they asked him about a vehicle he had rented. Hernandez told them he'd rented the car for Odin Lloyd, whom he hadn't seen since Sunday. According to documents released Tuesday, Hernandez became argumentative, asking investigators, "What's with all the questions?" A few moments later, when investigators told the former New England Patriots tight end they were there to conduct an investigation into a death, Hernandez responded by going inside his house, slamming the door and locking it.
According to police records, "Mr. Hernandez slammed the door and relocked it behind him." It continues, "Mr. Hernandez did not ask officers whose death was being investigated. Mr. Hernandez's demeanor did not indicate any concern for the death of any person."
Some 10 minutes later, Hernandez went back outside and informed investigators that he would follow officers to the police station.
The release of eight warrants totaling 156 pages reveals a police investigation into the shooting death of Lloyd that focused on cell phones, video surveillance inside Hernandez's home and multiple vehicles tied to the former New England Patriot.
How did police happen upon Hernandez so quickly? Because when they found Lloyd's body, they discovered in his pocket a set of keys to a Chevrolet Suburban rented by Hernandez.
According to the report, "Police having learned that the deceased Mr. Lloyd and the occupant of the house, Mr. Hernandez, were both connected to the then missing Chevrolet Suburban, these officers had concerns for the safety of Mr. Hernandez."
In a search of Hernandez's home, police found a box of "Game Loads" .22 bullets. Inside a safe, they discovered a scale and dish used to weigh drugs. From Hernandez's home in North Attleboro, police removed clothes, shoes, a wrist watch, an FEG Hungarian rifle and "1 gunshot residue kit from mattress."
Here are some key findings from the warrants and affidavits therein:
• Surveillance video taken from Hernandez's home shows him meeting two men in his driveway at 12:40 a.m. on the day Lloyd was killed. Video shows Hernandez holding a gun as he walks inside.
• In his pocket, Odin Lloyd had a set of keys to a rental car registered to Aaron Hernandez. When police questioned Hernandez, he informed them he had rented the car for Lloyd. Hernandez said he had last seen Lloyd on Sunday, the day before he was shot and killed.
• Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez's fiancee, told police she and Hernandez had gone out to dinner for Father's Day. When they returned, she went to bed early. Jenkins cried when told by police that Lloyd had been killed.
• Hernandez rented a Nissan Altima. Massachusetts State Police claim tire tracks found near Lloyd's body were consistent with a Nissan Altima.
• The report states that "there appeared to be soil, similar in color and appearance to that at the location where Mr. Lloyd was found, on the tires and lower panels of the vehicle behind the tires. This soil was also seen within the tire tread(s) and wheel(s) well of the tires of the silver Nissan Altima."
• Jenkins described Lloyd as a marijuana dealer. Investigators spoke to two dozen individuals who knew Lloyd and not one described him as a drug dealer.
• Witnesses say they saw Hernandez and Lloyd together at Rumor, a Boston-area nightclub, on Friday night. They told police Hernandez had "what appeared to be a handgun in his waistband" at the club.
The warrant further details the case prosecutors made when charging Hernandez with murder – that he texted Lloyd on Sunday night, asking him to hang out, that he texted Ernest Wallace to "hurry ur ass up," that he bought gas and bubble gum at a gas station, picked up Lloyd in the Nissan Altima, which was returned with a piece of bubble gum and what a rental agent believed was a bullet inside. The bullet, found in a Dumpster, turned out to be a spent .45 caliber cartridge casing.
Details from the warrant continue:
• Lloyd's wounds were inflicted by .45 caliber bullets.
• Five spent casings were found near Lloyd's body. All five were fired from the same gun, which still has not been found.
• The police searched continued to Hernandez's "flop house" in Franklin, Mass., not far from his home in North Attleboro. There, police discovered a loaded .45 Glock and ammunition of different calibers. According to the warrant, Hernandez does not have a license to carry a firearm.
The warrant states that "investigators believe that Aaron Hernandez and two other male individuals were present at the location and time of the murder of Odin Lloyd." It does not state that Hernandez was or was not the shooter.
I’m no lawyer but if all the police have is the evidence listed in today’s ESPN article it does not sound like the state can get a conviction on Hernandez.
Acting guilty is not enough to convict someone.