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Ex-Hernandez associate held on $1m bond

Alexander Bradley was arraigned Tuesday in a Hartford courtroom.

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Alexander Bradley was arraigned Tuesday in a Hartford courtroom.

A one-time associate of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star charged with murder, was ordered held on $1 million bond today after a court hearing in Hartford, Conn., on charges that he fired shots into a nightclub there on Sunday.

Alexander Bradley 31, of East Hartford was shot in the leg outside the club and then sprayed the building with gunfire in retaliation, sending people diving to the floor for cover, police have said.

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Bradley faces numerous charges, including reckless endangerment in the first degree, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver, stealing a firearm, and criminal use of a firearm. His hearing today in Hartford Superior Court was continued to March 4, according to a clerk at the court.

Bradley got into an argument over money with another person inside Vevo Lounge on Meadow Street shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday, and the altercation spilled outside the establishment, where Bradley was shot in his right thigh, Hartford police told the Globe Monday.

Bradley then allegedly returned to the club with a .45-caliber handgun and, after failing to gain entry, fired shots at the building from outside. No one inside the club was struck, but police found 11 shell casings outside.

Police said Bradley then got back into a car driven by his cousin, and the vehicle was stopped a short distance later, at which time a wounded Bradley fell out and was arrested.

Bradley has repeatedly made headlines in the saga involving Hernandez, 24, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in the June 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester.

Bradley is suing Hernandez in federal court in Florida, alleging that the athlete shot him in the face there in February 2013. Bradley’s lawyer in that case had no comment Monday on Bradley’s arrest in Connecticut.

In addition, authorities are investigating Hernandez’s possible involvement in a July 2012 double slaying in Boston’s South End, and the Globe has reported that Bradley was subpoenaed in October to appear before a grand jury that was hearing evidence in the case. He was arrested when he refused to testify.

Globe correspondent Jeremy C. Fox and Travis Andersen of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
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