QUINCY — Alexander Bradley, one of the figures in the Aaron Hernandez case, spoke before his hearing Tuesday morning on a drunken driving charge and complained about the media attention that has followed him since the former Patriot’s arrest on homicide charges. “It’s been crazy, man, but I’m pretty good at hiding,” Bradley said of the intense coverage.
Bradley filed a civil lawsuit in Florida against Hernandez last month, alleging that Hernandez, whom he had considered a friend, shot him in the face Feb. 13 after the two men left a Miami strip club.
While driving toward Palm Beach, Hernandez pointed a gun at Bradley and fired, either intentionally or through extreme negligence, the lawsuit alleges. Bradley lost his right eye and required several surgeries.
The details of the civil case were uncovered around June 19 when Hernandez was first publicly linked to the death of Odin L. Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester. Hernandez was charged with murdering Lloyd on June 26, has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is currently being held without bail.
The deadline for Hernandez’s attorneys to respond to the civil suit is Monday, said David Jaroslawicz, Bradley’s attorney in that case.
“Mr. Hernandez was served in jail with papers on June 28, and so far we haven’t heard anything,” Jaroslawicz said. “We’ll file for a default judgment if they don’t respond by the end of Monday.
“Whatever assistance he needed, Mr. Bradley helped out,” Jaroslawicz said of the relationship between his client and Hernandez. “Friends, associates, they were both.”
Bradley, sitting on a bench in Quincy District Court before his hearing on the OUI charge Tuesday, said his family and friends have helped shield him from the media and that he does not anticipate talking to reporters. “Whatever chance that I would say something, even a 1 percent chance, went away when a photographer took a picture of my daughter,” he said, shaking his head.
On Jan. 28, Bradley was stopped by State Police on Interstate 93 in Quincy and arrested on a drunken driving charge. Bradley allegedly failed sobriety tests, and the arresting trooper had to pull over his cruiser to let him out to vomit, according to the State Police report. Hernandez, the report said, was a passenger in the sport utility vehicle and yelled out, “Trooper, I’m Aaron Hernandez; it’s OK.”
The hearing was postponed to Sept. 20, but Bradley’s next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday after Bristol Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander ordered him to appear before a grand jury as part of the investigation into the Lloyd slaying. Jaroslawicz said he is unsure why his client has been ordered to testify in the investigation.
Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder in the execution-style slaying of Lloyd, who was found shot to death June 17 in a North Attleborough industrial park near Hernandez’s house. Hernandez has been held at the Bristol County Jail without bail since his arrest.
Hernandez is also being investigated in connection with the July 16, 2012, slaying of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston, say two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation.
The two officials, who asked for anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the investigation, said investigators believe Lloyd may have had information about Hernandez’s role in the double killing.