Bullets found in Hernandez apartment

Court filing also links a shirt to night of killing

A search of the Franklin apartment maintained by Aaron Hernandez turned up several boxes of ammunition and a hooded white sweat shirt possibly worn by the former New England Patriot on the night that prosecutors allege he orchestrated the killing of an acquaintance, according to documents filed in Wrentham District Court.

“This sweatshirt is consistent in color and type with the sweatshirt that Hernandez is observed to be wearing on surveillance cameras the night of the homicide,” State Police wrote in an affidavit.

Bristol County prosecutor William McCauley has referenced the search of the Franklin apartment — about a dozen miles from Hernandez’s North Attleborough house — in open court, but the new documents provide a window into the investigation as authorities build their case.


The documents also detail a search of a black Hummer registered to Hernandez that was parked at the apartment complex. In it, police found a Glock .45-caliber magazine loaded with .45 ammunition, according to court papers. Prosecutors had previously mentioned the magazine in open court.

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The former star tight end has been charged with murdering 27-year-old Odin Lloyd of Dorchester. Two of Hernandez’s associates, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, also face charges in connection with the investigation. Authorities say they have recovered videotape from several security cameras that show Hernandez, Wallace, and Ortiz picking up Lloyd at his home on Fayston Street early on June 17, and then driving into a North Attleborough industrial park, where Lloyd’s body was discovered later that day.

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Former Patriot Aaron Hernandez’s Franklin apartment was searched by authorities.

The June 26 searches at the apartment on Old West Central Street in Franklin found five boxes of .45-caliber ammunition, as well as rifle ammo and one box of .22-caliber ammunition, according to the documents. Prosecutors have said Lloyd was shot five times with a .45-caliber weapon.

Ortiz, 27, and Hernandez’s barber both apparently helped lead police to the Franklin apartment, according to the affidavit.

Ortiz told police on June 25, that Hernandez, who lived in a sprawling house in North Attleborough, had another address “that not many people know about,” according to the affidavit.


It wasn’t clear why Hernandez maintained a second apartment about 20 minutes by car from his house.

Police also interviewed Hernandez’s barber, Roberto Olivares, who confirmed the address of the apartment. “Olivares was driven from the grand jury in Fall River directly” to Hernandez’s apartment building, where Olivares “identified this specific location as being the apartment that he had visited which belong to Hernandez,” the affidavit stated. Police used his identification of the apartment to support the application for a search warrant.

Olivares went to Hernandez’s North Attleborough house to cut his hair two days before his June 26 arrest. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Investigators also found a hat that Hernandez may have worn on a night out with Lloyd at a Boston nightclub three days before the killing, and a valet parking ticket from a hotel within walking distance of the nightclub, according to court documents. The cranberry and blue colored hat had the word “Society” written backward, the documents stated.

The items were among those noted in search warrant returns — documents that list what police find in a search.


State Police also reference cocaine in the search documents, asking for the legal authority to search any people who happened to be at the apartment, noting that “cocaine is commonly packaged in small plastic bags which are easily concealed on one’s person.”

The documents do not report any evidence of police finding drugs.

Hernandez leased the two-bedroom apartment for $1,200 per month, according to a copy of his lease included in court documents.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is being held without bail at the Bristol County Jail. He is also being investigated in connection with a July 2012 drive-by shooting that left two men dead in Boston’s South End, law enforcement officials have told the Globe.

A spokesman for Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter said the investigation into Lloyd’s death is ongoing. Citing the investigation and a gag order recently issued in court, the spokesman, Gregg Miliote, declined to comment.

Wallace, 41, of Miramar, Fla., is in custody and expected to be in Attleboro District Court this week or next week on an accessory after murder charge. Ortiz has pleaded not guilty to unlawful carrying of a firearm and is currently jailed pending a hearing July 9.

Ortiz’s lawyer, John Connors, declined to comment. A lawyer for Hernandez could not be reached.

Also on Wednesday, police in Gainesville, Fla., released for the first time their incomplete report on a 2007 double shooting investigation in which they questioned Hernandez.

A Gainesville police spokesman said Hernandez is not a suspect in the shooting, which remains an active investigation.

Meanwhile, a psychological profile taken by Hernandez before the 2010 draft, revealed a talented, highly motivated football player who enjoyed “living on the edge of acceptable behavior” and could be “a problem,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Hernandez, drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round despite being widely regarded as a first- or second-round talent, received a 1 out of 10 in the category of “social maturity.”

The test, given to all NFL prospects before the draft, predicted Hernandez “will find very little time to help” teammates and that “he enjoys living on the edge of acceptable behavior, and that he may be prone to partying too much and doing questionable things that could be seen as a problem for him and his team.”

But the report had glowing marks for Hernandez as well, scoring him a 10 out of 10 in “Focus” and “Mental Quickness”; a 9 in “Self-Efficacy” and “Receptivity to Coaching”; and a 7 for “Dedication.”

“Hernandez sees himself as a football player above all else,” the report said. “He will place a high priority on football and what it takes to be successful.”

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