Newly released court documents provide the first formal evidence linking former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez and a close associate to an unsolved 2012 double slaying in Boston’s South End.
A 14-page search warrant affidavit, filed earlier this week in Connecticut, shows that police believe they have evidence that proves Hernandez was driving the silver sport utility vehicle from which the gunman allegedly fired in the 2012 shooting.
Investigators say video evidence shows Hernandez at the wheel as the vehicle circles the block, seemingly waiting for the victims to get to their car after leaving a nightclub. The court documents do not indicate who police believe pulled the trigger.
The documents, first reported by the Hartford Courant, show that police believe there may be a link between the June 20, 2013, slaying of Odin Lloyd, for which Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder, and the unsolved 2012 slayings. The Globe has previously reported that investigators believe Lloyd may have had information about the 2012 shooting and that his knowledge of that shooting could have been the motive for his slaying.
Reached late Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman for Hernandez’s legal team declined to comment on the new details of the investigation into the former player’s alleged involvement in the 2012 crime.
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