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Aaron Hernandez gave no sign of concern

Police describe behavior during probe of death

ATTLEBORO — Odin Lloyd and Aaron Hernandez were good enough friends that they got drunk together June 14 and wound up spending the night sleeping near each other outside one of their homes, a witness told police.

But three days later, when State Police showed up at Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough to inform the Patriots tight end that they were conducting a death investigation and to ask him when he last saw Lloyd, Hernandez showed little interest, they say.

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“Mr. Hernandez did not ask officers whose death was being investigated,” State Police wrote in their report. “Mr. Hernandez’s demeanor did not indicate any concern for the death of any person.”

“What’s with all the questions?” Hernandez allegedly asked, according to court documents released Tuesday. Then, Hernandez slammed the door and locked it behind him, the documents stated.

The new details about the investigation of Lloyd’s death, in an industrial park a mile from Hernandez’s home, were contained in more than 150 pages of affidavits and search warrants released by a district court judge on Tuesday.

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Hernandez is being held at Bristol County Jail, charged with the killing of Lloyd, a 27-year-old semiprofessional football player who lived with his family in Dorchester. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. The Patriots released him 90 minutes after his arrest.

The documents include affidavits written by State Police to search Hernandez’s house in North Attleborough, his cellphone, a rented Nissan Altima he allegedly drove that night, and a gray 2013 Chrysler that Hernandez rented for Lloyd. The affidavits were impounded but were released after a challenge by several newspapers, including the Globe.

Police said they seized many of Hernandez’s belongings over a period of several days, including: .22-caliber ammunition; a Blackberry phone; three Apple iPads; and an Apple iPhone. These may have provided details on text messages that Hernandez and Lloyd wrote each other in the hours before the killing.

They also seized some of Hernandez’s clothes, including a pair of size 13 white Nike sneakers, a long-sleeve white shirt, and jeans, as well as a bath towel. Surveillance video inside Hernandez’s house shows him wearing similar clothing the night of the killing.

Police did not say why they wanted to seize the towel, but they noted in their report that a white towel was found near Lloyd’s body outside an industrial complex on John L. Dietsch Boulevard. Police also seized three other pairs of Nike sneakers, a watch, and a white plastic bag holding grey jeans and grey sweats.

Police said they tested for gunshot residue on a mattress and a piece of the bed skirt. The affidavit did not state whether they found any residue.

The documents say nothing about a possible motive, though prosecutors have said Hernandez became angry with Lloyd after he saw him talking to people he did not like at Rumor night club in Boston’s Theater District the night of June 14.

That night, an employee of the club noticed Hernandez with what looked like a gun in his waistband, the report states.

Law enforcement officials have told the Globe that Boston police are investigating whether Hernandez was concerned Lloyd had information about Hernandez’s possible role in a July 2012 homicide in the South End.

The officials have told the Globe that Hernandez is being investigated in connection with that double killing.

Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter has said Lloyd was picked up at his Fayston Street home early on June 17 by Hernandez and two of his friends, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace. Hernandez was driving a Nissan Altima that he had rented from Enterprise, police have said. Sometime that night, the driver’s side door was damaged, and the side view mirror was knocked loose. Police have been searching for the mirror and have called on the public to help them locate it.

The men then drove to the industrial park, police said, where Lloyd was shot five times. Ortiz told investigators Hernandez admitted to Wallace that he shot Lloyd, according to court documents filed in Florida and cited Tuesday night by the Associated Press.

When police searched Lloyd’s pockets, they found the keys to a Chevrolet Suburban rental, his cellphone, wallet, and $64.75 in cash. They called the rental company and learned the car had been rented by Hernandez.

When detectives tried to question him at his house, Hernandez said the last time he saw Lloyd was the day before in Boston. He then gave them his lawyer’s business card.

After Hernandez shut the door on detectives, he came back out and told them his girlfriend, Shayanna Jenkins, would drive him to the station so he could talk to them. Their 8-month-old daughter rode in the back seat.

In the interview room, Hernandez lay on the floor, occasionally using his cellphone. Investigators followed Jenkins to the parking lot, where they told her about Lloyd’s killing.

She burst into tears and told them that Lloyd smoked marijuana, was a marijuana dealer, and she often saw him on the phone talking about sales, according to court records. Shayanna Jenkins’s sister, Shaneah, was dating Lloyd at the time of his death and was the witness who told investigators about their night out together in Boston two nights before Lloyd was killed.

Jenkins “stated that Odin Lloyd’s telephone was constantly ringing and that he was frequently talking in ‘lingo,’ ” the records state.

In their report, investigators said they spoke with more than two dozen people who knew Lloyd and could not find any witness who would describe him as a drug dealer.

Shayanna Jenkins told police that earlier in the evening before the killing, on Father’s Day, she and Hernandez went out to dinner and had a baby sitter stay with the child.

She said that she went to bed early but that Hernandez left. She did not know where he went or whom he had gone out with.

As Jenkins spoke with police, Hernandez called her on her cellphone.

“He informed her that his sports agent said that she should not speak with the police and that she should request to speak with her attorney,” the report stated.

The day after the killing, Hernandez returned the Nissan to the Enterprise rental store in North Attleborough. He apologized for the damage, the manager told police.

“He claimed not to know how the damage occurred,” the report stated. “Aaron Hernandez explained that he just came outside and saw that the vehicle was damaged.”

Maria Cramer can be reached a mcramer@globe.com. Brian Ballou can be reached at bballou@globe.com.
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